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April 19, 2017: Free Masterclass with world-renowned Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman Thursday, May 4, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 19, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Vadim Gluzman, world-renowned Stradivari violin virtuoso, will hold a masterclass on Thursday, May 4, 2017 with two Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO) students at Weill Hall, Green Music Center on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The SRSYO students who will be participating are concertmaster Alex Chui and Miranda Ronan. Each of these fourteen-year-old students will have an individualized lesson with Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award winner Gluzman, which will include questions posed by the audience.
 
A masterclass is an open lesson, during which a participating student performs a solo work and is coached by a master teacher. The audience listens and learns as observers. It is a fun and informative opportunity to see a top-flight musician share his or her insights and techniques and see a student learn and grow before everyone’s eyes.
 
The public is invited to this FREE event, but must reserve a ticket through the SRS Patron Services at (707) 546-8742.
 
Vadim Gluzman, who will be the guest artist for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s season finale, "Vadim Returns!" May 6, 7, 8, is acclaimed for his old-world lyricism, passion and virtuosity and is considered a torchbearer to the Golden Age of violin playing. His extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries, making him the closest thing being able to hear Heifetz play once more in a concert hall. 
 
“Gluzman stood out for his big, room-filling tone and his probing emotionality.” – TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
 
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin his studies at seven, studied with Roman Sne in Latvia, Zakhar Bron in Russia,Yair Kless in Israel, Arkady Fomin in Dallas and with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard School. He was also encouraged and mentored by Isaac Stern until Stern’s passing.
 
Included in Jean-Michel Molkhou's Great Violinists of the Twentieth Century, Volume 2 (Buchet-Chastel, 2014), Gluzman’s chapter is entitled “In the footsteps of the great old masters”. The book highlights the careers and artistry of the top 30 contemporary violinists.
 
Artist Bio
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.
 
The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Gluzman has enjoyed collaborations with many of today’s leading conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include performances at Verbier, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Lockenhaus, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.
 
Highlights of his 2016-17 season include appearances in London at The Proms with the BBC Symphony and Edward Gardner, with the Chicago Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev, and with the Orchestre de Paris under Juraj Valčuha. He will tour the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including an engagement in New York at Carnegie Hall, and perform with Baltimore Symphony, NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, among other engagements. Gluzman will lead performances with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he continues in his third year as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.
 
This season Mr. Gluzman will give the world premiere performances of new concertos written for him by two of today’s most important composers: Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan with Elsbeth Moser, Nicolas Altstaedt and the NDR Radio Philhamonic in Hannover under Andrew Manze; and Elena Firsova’s Concerto for Violin and Cello with Johannes Moser and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev. Gluzman has given live and recorded premieres of other works by Gubaidulina, as well as Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty, and most recently, Lera Auerbach.
 
Vadim Gluzman’s latest CD for the BIS label features Sergey Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2, as well as the composer’s Sonata for Violin Solo, with Estonian National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi. Accolades for his extensive discography on BIS include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica Magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.
 
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age seven. He studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia before moving to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless. In the United States, he studied with Arkady Fomin in Dallas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and mentorship of Isaac Stern which continued until the Stern’s passing in 2001. In 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.
 
Vadim Gluzman plays the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
 
-Photos of Vadim Gluzman provided upon request-
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CALENDAR LISTING

What: Master Class with Vadim Gluzman
Who:
Vadim Gluzman
When: May 4, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park
Cost: Free, open to public
Tickets: Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services
54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact: 
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

April 13, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Concert features violin virtuoso and composer Mads Tolling and two SRS Concert Competition winners May 14, Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 13, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Mads Tolling, Grammy-nominated violin virtuoso and composer, joins Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra in performance at Weill Hall on May 14 at 3:00 PM. Known for his lively crossover style, from classical to bluegrass, Tolling is the soloist in a concerto he was commissioned to write for Oakland Symphony, entitled Begejstring.
 
Tolling says, “’Begejstring’ is a Danish word, which translated to English, means excitement, enthusiasm, gusto, and passion. I have entitled my composition Begejstring because it encompasses who I am, what I am, and where I am in this moment, with my music and my evolving growth as an artist.”
 
Click here for a video of Tolling and Michael Morgan, Music Director, Oakland East Bay Symphony, discussing the piece.
 
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, says, “There was plenty of exuberance in the writing, and Tolling – who spent several years as a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet – deployed his amplified violin with dazzling technical assurance.”
 
The concert, conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde, also features two winners of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Sixteen-year-old cellist Anwen Lin is soloist in the first movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto and 15-year-old violinist Alex Chui will play Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
 
For this final concert of the youth orchestra season, special guests are invited onstage:  members of the Repertory Orchestra, one of five ensembles in the Training Young Musicians program of the Santa Rosa Symphony, will play side-by-side with SRSYO in the last movement of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and alumni of the string section of the orchestra join in the finale of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Also on the program is Dvoŕǎk’s Slovanic Dances.
 
Santa Rosa Youth Ensembles Concert V
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3 PM
Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

Artist Bio
 
Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner and the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star winning violinist. As a former nine-year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. “The Playmaker” released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A MTQ album: “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” was released in May, 2012. Mads’ latest album is called “Mads Tolling & The Mads Men – Playing the 60s,” which features classic songs from TV, film and radio in fresh jazzy versions with his quartet and guest vocalists Kenny Washington, Kalil Wilson and Spencer Day. Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.
 
For nine years in Turtle Island Quartet, Mads spent most of his professional life on the road or in the recording studio. In ‘06 and ‘08 as part of Turtle Island Quartet Mads won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover album with the recordings “4+Four” and “A Love Supreme – The Legacy of John Coltrane.” In 2015 with Turtle Island, he received a Grammy nomination collaborating with Mike Marshall. Mads is the winner of the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Violin Award. Mads has received Denmark’s Sankt Annae’s Award for Musical Excellence as well as grants from Queen Margaret, Sonning Foundation and the Berklee Elvin Jones Award.
 
In 2007 Mads Tolling started his own trio and immediately recorded the album “Speed of Light.” The following year the trio expanded to a quartet. Today, 10 years later the quartet is still going strong, and in it are some of the top Bay Area musicians, including Colin Hogan on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Eric Garland on drums. The Mads Tolling Quartet has performed all over the U.S including Yoshi’s San Francisco & Oakland, Herbst Theatre, Russian River Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Grass Valley Performance Arts, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, Monterey Jazz Festival and many venues large and small across the US.
 
Mads grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and moved to the U.S. at the age of 20 to pursue jazz studies. He studied under violinist Matt Glaser, and he graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. While still attending Berklee, the renowned jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty recommended Mads to join Stanley Clarke’s band. Since then, Mads performed more than one hundred concerts with Clarke worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl and appears on Clarke’s album: “Toys of Men.”
 
Besides his activities as a performer, Mads Tolling is an accomplished composer. In addition to his original writing on his albums, Mads arranged one of his compositions for saxophonist Joe Lovano and string orchestra. Of his three prior recordings of original material, one features the legendary pianist JoAnne Brackeen. Mads has recorded with vibraphonist Dave Samuels, appears on RMB singer Teena Marie’s recording “La Dona” and on jazz vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway’s “At Last.” He has additionally contributed numerous arrangements and compositions to Turtle Island Quartet’s repertoire. In 2014 Mads was commissioned by Music Director, Michael Morgan and the James Irvine Foundation to write a Violin Concerto (“Begejstring”) for Oakland Symphony Orchestra. The highly anticipated performance took place at the sold out 3000 seat Paramount Theatre in 2015. The piece and the performance turned out to be an overwhelming success, and Mads received high praise from the orchestra, critics and audience alike.
 
Mads Tolling is a thriving force in the educational aspects of jazz and improvisation. He is a Yamaha clinician and has been involved in workshops, coachings and master classes throughout Canada and the U.S. Since 2010 Mads has been on faculty at Berkeley’s Jazzschool Institute mainly focusing on spreading the knowledge of jazz and groove oriented styles to string players of all ages. He is on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and he has taught at the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp. In 2017 Mads presented a workshop at Jazz Education Network in New Orleans.
 
-Photos of Mads Tolling and student soloists provided upon request-
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CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Concert V
 
Who
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Mads Tolling
Alex Chui
Anwen Lin
Members of the Repertory Orchestra
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
What:
 
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (Allegro non troppo)
            Featuring concerto competition winners Anwen Lin, cello and Alex Chui, violin,
and members of the Repertory Orchestra
SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction et rondo Capriccioso
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in e minor (Adagio)
DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dances (from Op. 46 and Op. 72)
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 (Finale)
            with alumni string musicians
TOLLING: Begejstrin, a jazz concerto for violin and orchestra (Forståelse and Jubel)
 
When:
Sunday, May14, 2017, 3 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Pre-sale (until Friday, May 12):  Adult $15, Youth $5
           Door: Adult $20, Youth $10
           
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone: 4-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:          SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 30, 2017: SRS' Primarily Classical: Classical Music concert for every Sonoma County elementary school

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 30, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Small ensembles of professional musicians will perform a classical concert in every Sonoma County elementary school during the next four years. This new outreach program of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Primarily Classical, expands the Symphony’s reach into the community through a generous, anonymous gift.
 
During the 2017-2018 season, the orchestra will visit 27 schools in the northern portion of the county, moving to the other geographical quadrants in the remaining three years. At the end of the four-year project, Primarily Classical will have reached 115 elementary schools in Sonoma County!
 
In spite of best efforts with limited resources, some Sonoma County elementary schools have no music education or can only provide 30 minutes per week of in-classroom music education. School administrator reactions have been very positive.
 
“Thank you so much! Our Kashia Native American children have had little or no exposure to a Symphony experience,” says Frances Johnson, Superintendent/Principal, Kashia School. The school is located in Stewarts Point.
 
“This gift is a huge vote of confidence in our programs,” says Santa Rosa Symphony Director of Education Wendy Cilman. “It means Santa Rosa Symphony can continue to provide outstanding music education services to the community and that the children of Sonoma County will continue to benefit from having the resources of our great regional orchestra.”
 
Education Outreach and Youth Orchestra Manager Jane Shelly adds, “The members of the orchestra are really excited to play in the schools. It is my absolute pleasure to facilitate it.”
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact: 
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

 

March 22, 2017: World-renowned Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, May 6, 7 & 8

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 22, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Vadim Returns,” May 6, 7 and 8 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, the last concert in Bruno Ferrandis’ final full season. Vadim Gluzman, winner of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award, returns to the Santa Rosa Symphony to play Prokofiev’s soaring and energetic Violin Concerto No. 2, less than a fortnight beyond the 125th anniversary of the great composer’s birth, on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius on extended loan to him from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
 
“Gluzman stood out for his big, room-filling tone and his probing emotionality.” – TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
 
Gluzman is acclaimed for his old-world lyricism, passion and virtuosity and is considered a torchbearer to the Golden Age of violin playing heard during Prokofiev’s lifetime. His extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries, making him the closest thing being able to hear Heifetz play once more in a concert hall.  
 
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin his studies at seven, studied with Roman Sne in Latvia, Zakhar Bron in Russia,Yair Kless in Israel, Arkady Fomin in Dallas and with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard School. He was also encouraged and mentored by Isaac Stern until Stern’s passing.
 
Included in Jean-Michel Molkhou's Great Violinists of the Twentieth Century, Volume 2 (Buchet-Chastel, 2014), Gluzman’s chapter is entitled “In the footsteps of the great old masters”. The book highlights the careers and artistry of the top 30 contemporary violinists.
 
Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2, which premiered with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra with Robert Soëtens on violin in 1935, begins with the solo violin’s plaintiff siren call, drawing in the other instruments and building in vibrancy and mood into an easy conversation with moments of sorrow and joy. The last movement hints at flamenco with castanets sounding each time the Spanish theme appears.
 
“Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 and Sonata for Solo Violin” CDs, featuring Gluzman with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi, will be available for sale in the lobby for all Vadim Returns performances.
 
This final set in the Symphony’s 2016-2017 Classical Concert Season begins with Khachaturian’s Suite from Masquerade and concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905.
 
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905, though written in the aftermath of the Hungarian Uprising, depicts, in four movements, the events around the massacre outside the palace of Tsar Nicholas II. Workers marching toward the palace carrying religious icons and a petition to the Tsar, who happened not to even be in residence at the time, were gunned down by the soldiers of the Imperial Guard. The symphony moves from the bleak The Palace Square, to the violence of The Ninth of January, followed by the reaction to the slaughter in Eternal Memory (also the name of the Russian Orthodox prayer for the departed) and ending with Alarm, a finale filled with revolutionary sentiment.  
 
The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with Bruno Ferrandis, which begins one hour prior to each concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.
 
Tickets
Single tickets are $25-$85 and can be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 am to 5:00 pm. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Viking Cruises
Khachaturian Suite sponsored by Ann and Gordon Blumenfeld
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Guest artist Vadim Gluzman underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Vadim Gluzman provided upon request-
 
 
Artist Bio
 
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.
 
The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Gluzman has enjoyed collaborations with many of today’s leading conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include performances at Verbier, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Lockenhaus, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.
 
Highlights of his 2016-17 season include appearances in London at The Proms with the BBC Symphony and Edward Gardner, with the Chicago Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev, and with the Orchestre de Paris under Juraj Valčuha. He will tour the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including an engagement in New York at Carnegie Hall, and perform with Baltimore Symphony, NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, among other engagements. Gluzman will lead performances with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he continues in his third year as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.
 
This season Mr. Gluzman will give the world premiere performances of new concertos written for him by two of today’s most important composers: Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan with Elsbeth Moser, Nicolas Altstaedt and the NDR Radio Philhamonic in Hannover under Andrew Manze; and Elena Firsova’s Concerto for Violin and Cello with Johannes Moser and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev. Gluzman has given live and recorded premieres of other works by Gubaidulina, as well as Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty, and most recently, Lera Auerbach.
 
Vadim Gluzman’s latest CD for the BIS label features Sergey Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2, as well as the composer’s Sonata for Violin Solo, with Estonian National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi. Accolades for his extensive discography on BIS include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica Magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.
 
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age seven. He studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia before moving to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless. In the United States, he studied with Arkady Fomin in Dallas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and mentorship of Isaac Stern which continued until the Stern’s passing in 2001. In 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.
 
Vadim Gluzman plays the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

CALENDAR LISTING
What:   Symphony Concert “Vadim Returns
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin
 
KHACHATURIAN:  Suite from Masquerade
PROKOFIEV:  Violin Concerto No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH:  Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905
 
When:
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., May 6 at 2 pm)
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Single tickets $25-$85
 
Tickets
Online:  srsymphony.org
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:          SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:                                                                        
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

 

March 20, 2017: Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award - Nicholas Hidy receives a French Horn

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 20, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, via the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, presented Nicholas Hidy, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), with a professional-quality French horn to further his musical career. The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship is made possible by a donation of $15,000 by the Stults Family.
 
The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award recipient was chosen from the SRSYO, based on talent and need. Only applicants who were enrolled in private lessons and who agreed to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season were considered. Hidy has been taking lessons from SRS trumpet player Daniel Gianola-Norris at Music to My Ears in Cotati for five years. 
 
Hidy said in his application, “…I know that music makes other people happy and that, along with my love for it, is why I want to continue with it throughout my life.”
 
After an exhaustive search, sampling several instruments, Nicholas and his parents, Denise Zukowski and Jim Hidy, chose a New Alexander 200MAL double horn from the Wichita Band Instrument Co., Inc. Hidy’s father says the search for a professional-quality instrument has “changed Nick’s life. He described the difference between two of the horns he tried, like the difference between a Subaru and a Ferrari.” He chose the Ferrari.
 
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow says, “This is the largest donation we’ve ever received for a young musician scholarship, and it is the first of its kind for our Training Young Musicians program. The Symphony is very grateful for this opportunity to help support one of our young musicians in such a tangible and meaningful way.” 
 
A serious young musician, Hidy has played the French horn for six years, at school and with the SRS’ Preparatory and Repertory Orchestras, before being accepted into SRSYO in the 2014-2015 season, which took him on tour in China. He also plays trombone, piano, ukulele, trumpet and digeridoo. In addition to playing in the Analy High School Honor and Jazz bands and its orchestra and youth orchestra, Hidy, inspired by his SRSYO China tour, formed his own Dixieland Jazz band, The Rusty Suspenders, which performed to an audience of 800 at the Sebastopol Cajun/Zydeco/Delta Rhythm Festival in September of 2016.
 
The recipient selection committee included SRSYO conductor Richard Loheyde, SRS Director of Education (and professional cellist) Wendy Cilman and SRSYO Manager (and professional flutist) Jane Shelly, with the donor also participating in the final selection process.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:                                                                           
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 8, 2017: “Presto Mambo!” Family Concert on Sunday, April 30, Platypus Theatre joins SRS for final Peggy Anne Covington Series Concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 8, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Platypus Theatre joins Santa Rosa Symphony on Sunday, April 30 at 3 PM, to present Presto Mambo!, the last concert in this year’s family concert series sponsored by the estate of opera singer Peggy Anne Covington. This highly interactive program has had audiences across the nation standing up and dancing.
 
As Richard Loheyde begins conducting the orchestra in music of the Americas, Max – an energetic but impulsive young boy – makes his way onto the stage to “help” the orchestra. Soon Max is on a whirlwind adventure that takes him from the concert hall to the vibrant lands of Latin American culture where – with the help of his new friend, Mambo the dog, the orchestra and the audience – Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music. National Arts Centre Orchestra calls Presto Mambo! “brilliant dramaturgy and storytelling.”
 
Platypus Theatre’s hero’s journey speaks to embracing the unknown and community collaboration while exposing young audiences to Latin-American rhythms, rhythmic layering and music as a universal language.
 
Conducted by Richard Loheyde, this fun-filled family program includes Pedro Elías Gutiérrez’s Alam Llanera Pajarillo, John Phillip Sousa’s Liberty Bell March, Silvestre Revueltas’ Duelo from Hommaje a Fereico Garcia Lorca, La Bruja (Traditional), Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission, Manuel De Falla’s Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve and Bernstein’s “Mambo” from the West Side Story and more.   
 
Patrons are invited to arrive early to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, which is available beginning at 2 PM.
 
Tickets are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Seats are reserved. Online at srsymphony.org, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. 

Preview a video of program excerpts here.

Since 1989, almost one million young audience members have been introduced to classical music through Platypus Theatre. After more than 500 performances with more than 60 orchestras worldwide, Platypus has established itself as one of North America’s premiere music education theatre companies. Original and engaging storylines are presented in an intelligent and interactive way, with music always taking the lead role. Children laugh, sing and empathize with the characters while learning musical concepts, styles, and much more. In 2006, one of Platypus’ most cherished productions How the Gimquat Found her Song was produced for TV and went on to win several awards including Best Children’s Program at the prestigious Banff World Television Festival. In 1991, Platypus was the subject of a nationally broadcast documentary on CTV, followed by a PBS full-performance broadcast in 2000. During its 25th anniversary year, Platypus will premiere its eighth original production, Latin Beats, Heroic Feats, in partnership with four orchestras across Canada. Other Platypus Productions include Emily Saves the Orchestra, Rhythm in your Rubbish, Bach to the Future, Charlotte and the Music-Maker, Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night, and Peter and the Wolf.
 
Family Series Conductor Richard Loheyde also serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Dr. Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Concert Sponsor
In 2015, opera singer Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of more than $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: “Presto Mambo!” Family Concert 3 of The Peggy Anne Covington Family Series
 
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
 
Time: 3 PM (Instrument Petting Zoo at 2 PM – free to all ticket holders)
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
                        (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            Platypus Theatre
 
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:                                                                          
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 3, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces 2017-2018 90th Anniversary Season

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 3, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony Announces 2017-2018 90th Anniversary Season
“A Choice Season” with Five Music Director Candidates and Bruno Ferrandis’ Spectacular Au Revoir
Subscriptions on sale March 6, 2017

Season Highlights
-Sixth season as the resident orchestra of the Green Music Center
-Five uniquely-qualified conductors raise their batons for a chance to be our next music director
-Popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo interviews the five music director candidates before each of the first five concert sets
-Five piano concertos (guest conductor sets) featuring pianists Joyce Yang, Nareh Arghamanyan, Stewart -Goodyear, Orli Shaham and Anna Fedorova
-Donald Green honored by the Symphony in a season-opening benefit celebration
-Electric violin artist and pioneer Tracy Silverman plays The Dharma at Big Sur (composed for him by Pulitzer-winner John Adams) and holds a masterclass
-Iconic Russian film score Alexander Nevsky
-United States Premiere of Temporis for Cymbalom and Orchestra by Czech composer Michal Rataj
-Mahler’s “farewell” Symphony No. 9 for Bruno Ferrandis’ Au Revoir concerts May 5-7, 2018
-Postludes in Prelude restaurant honoring departing Music Director Bruno Ferrandis following each performance May 5, 6 & 7
-Michael Berkowitz conducts four Symphony Pops concerts at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
-Family Concert Series October 29 (with free photo booth), January 28 and March 18
-Two new subscription packages: Five-concert Candidate Series (October-February concerts) and the Sweetheart Series (four Saturday performance vouchers)
-Orchestra-floor seating now available at the lowest offered price
-Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO)  Tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest June 19-28, 2018 after a “Bon Voyage” concert sendoff on Father’s Day
-First ever SRS Youth Ensembles Showcase Concert, featuring a work commissioned for the SRS Youth Ensembles
-Free Concerts for Youth in February with Repertory Orchestra & Simply Strings; in May with SRSYO & IGNITE!

90th Performance Season: October – May
(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th season is “A Choice Season” with five uniquely-qualified Music Director Candidates each raising their batons for a chance to be chosen as the Symphony’s next Music Director. Each of the guest conductor programs includes a well-known piano concerto and a classic and modern work. Appearances by the five candidates are sponsored by Corinne and David Byrd.
                                                                                                                                      
The piano concertos chosen by the Music Director Candidates sets are as follows: Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, played by Joyce Yang; Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1, played by Nareh Arghamanyan; Ravel’s Concerto in G major, played by Stewart Goodyear; Mozart’s Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan, played by Orli Shaham; Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3, played by Anna Fedorova.
 
Kayleen Asbo, a popular musicologist and cultural historian, returns for the pre-concert talks October through February, which will take the form of an interview with the guest conductors before their concerts, with an opportunity for questions from the audience. As always, these Concert Conversations are free to ticket holders and are general seating. They begin one hour before the classical set concerts (except the Discovery Rehearsals) and last for approximately 30 minutes. Ticket holders for the 90th Season will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the candidates following each concert.
 
“Rarely will so many people enjoy so much happiness from such an extraordinary roster of guest conductors, soloists and musicians, performing a tailor-made season of beloved classical music,” says Executive Director Alan Silow about the 2017-2018 Season’s programs.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony opens its sixth season as the resident orchestra of the Green Music Center by honoring long-time Santa Rosa Symphony-supporter Donald Green at a special benefit for our music education programs. This event celebrates the profound impact of community leader Donald Green with a reception, private piano recital with Joyce Yang in Weill Hall and a gourmet dinner in Prelude Restaurant at the Green Music Center on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 6 PM.
 
Bruno Ferrandis returns for his twelfth and final season as music director; conducting the 6th and 7th concert sets in April and May. Ferrandis’ April offering features Tracy Silverman playing Electric Violin, an instrument he pioneered, for The Dharma at Big Sur, a composition written specifically for him by Pulitzer prizewinner John Adams. The New York Times describes Silverman’s premiere performance as “fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix.” The concert also features the iconic Russian film score, Alexander Nevsky with the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus and mezzo-soprano Jacalyn Kreitzer joining forces with the orchestra.
 
In May, Ferrandis bids “Au Revoir” with a United States premiere of Czech composer Michal Rataj’s Temporis, played by Czech artist Jan Mikusek and Mahler’s “farewell” Symphony No. 9, a masterpiece played by 90 musicians. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis says, “With my last concert program for the Santa Rosa Symphony, I will say goodbye literally and symbolically with Mahler’s “farewell” Ninth Symphony, a piece which is filled with emotional intensity and contrasting nuance.”
 
The 2017-2018 Classical Season ends with “Merci Beaucoup, Maestro!” receptions to honor Ferrandis following each of the performances May 5, 6 & 7, 2018. Tickets for the receptions are $100 per person ($80 tax deductible) and include hors d’oeuvres, wine and a chance to meet the Maestro. These receptions are underwritten by Norma Person.
 
The Discovery Rehearsal Series is again a vital part of the Symphony’s offerings, providing a less formal, but more informative experience as audience members watch the interaction between conductor and orchestra. These affordable, general seating open rehearsals are the Saturday of classical concert sets at 2 PM, with no pre-concert talk. This series is underwritten by The David Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony will present the sixth season of three Family Series concerts in the 2017-2018 Season, directed by Richard Loheyde. “Creature Features comes alive on October 29, 2017, with the help of Roustabout Theater. This Family Concert also features a free photo booth prior to the performance. On January 28, 2018, Really Inventive Stuff joins the Symphony for “Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba.” Classical Kids Live! performs with the Symphony for “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage on March 18, 2018.
 
A special choice offering this season only is the Candidates Series, in which patrons may purchase a five-concert subscription package for the Music Director Candidates’ sets (October – February). Also new in the 90th season is the Sweetheart Series, in which patrons may buy four vouchers to be redeemed for Saturday night classical performances to have two Symphony date nights with their special someone.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony has also restructured its pricing scale to allow for orchestra-floor seating at the lowest offered price.
 
The Symphony Pops Series returns to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts with four concerts conducted by Michael Berkowitz in October, December, February and April.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Music Education department has a full schedule in the 2017-2018 Season. The SRS Youth Ensembles Showcase Concert in March will, for the first time ever, feature a work commissioned for the entire group (by SRS principal trumpeter Douglas Morton). The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will be on tour in Salszburg, Vienna and Budapest June 19-28, 2018, after a “Bon Voyage” concert sendoff on Father’s Day. They will also be performing in three concerts, one each in November, March and May. The Preparatory and Reparatory Orchestras have two concerts, as do the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (the latter sponsored by Linda Castiglioni). Simply Strings, SRS’ program for elementary school students, inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, a social action music program held at Sheppard Elementary School in Roseland, will have three recitals.

A" Choice Season" - An Overview
Performances Saturdays and Mondays at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM,
Discovery Rehearsals Saturdays at 2PM
2017-2018 Classical Series Details
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th season begins “From Bates to Beethoven” on October 7, 8 & 9 with Garages of the Valley, a picturesque ode to Silicon Valley dot-com titans, by Grammy-nominated Mason Bates, recently named the most performed composer of his generation. Award-winning pianist Joyce Yang plays Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with its breathtaking solo lines. Music Director Candidate Francesco Lecce-Chong pairs this passionate piece with Tchaikovsky’s awe-inspiring Fourth Symphony. From its terrifying brass fanfares to its painfully lonely moment with a single bassoon, it moves from tragedy to triumph.
 
In “Exhilarating Journey”, on November 4, 5 & 6, Music Director Candidate Mei-Ann Chen encompasses 160 years beginning with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, a joyful time capsule of the October Revolution. The wildly imaginative Nareh Arghamanyan commands the Steinway for Tchaikovsky’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 1. Higdon’s blue cathedral contrasts the older works with a touching, personal tribute to the composer's sibling, which contemplates the subject of life itself. Mendelssohn's exuberant Italian Symphony concludes the program. Nareh Arghamanyan underwritten by Jim Lamb.
 
Music Director Candidate Andrew Grams’ “Luscious Euro Sound,” on December 2, 3 & 4 begins with Overture to King Lear by Berlioz, which musically depicts the King’s entry to the council chamber, the storm on the heath, the terrible prison scene and the lament of Cordelia. Ravel sets off a sublime, elegant—even delicate—second movement with a jazzy first and third in his Piano Concerto, played by Stewart Goodyear. Grams contrasts the light, upbeat Ravel with Rachmaninoff’s dark-hued and brooding Symphonic Dances. Finally, Debussy’s beloved Clair de lune, with its luscious sound, resonates in the heart. Performances sponsored by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld. Stewart Goodyear underwritten by Laura Tietz.
 
On January 13, 14 & 15, for “Timeless Treasures”, Orli Shaham, heralded as a first-rate Mozartean by the Chicago Tribune, plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, with its emotional mixture of charm, joy and sadness. Music Director Candidate Graeme Jenkins places the popular Mozart Concerto between Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, which travels from Viennese charm to military bombast, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a tour de force that speaks of destruction and triumph. Performances sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa and The E. Nakamichi Foundation. Orli Shaham underwritten by Elizabeth Witchey-Ryer.
 
“Entering the New World” runs February 10, 11 & 12 with Bernstein’s On the Waterfront, which demonstrates Bernstein’s equal ease with jazz rhythm and memorable, soaring melody. Prokofiev’s riveting Third Piano Concerto performed by Anna Fedorova, one of the world’s premier young pianists, blends joyful rhythms with interludes of quiet reflection, followed by a sweeping final movement which builds to a thrilling conclusion. Music Director Candidate Michael Christie’s rich and varied program concludes with Dvorak’s masterpiece From the New World Symphony, which is seeded with American melody and folklore. Performances sponsored by Ava and Sam Guerrera. Anna Fedorova is underwritten by Faye Smith.
 
Bruno Ferrandis returns on April 7, 8 & 9 with “Ode to California” which features Tracy Silverman playing six-string electric violin, an instrument he pioneered, for The Dharma at Big Sur, a concerto composed for him by Pulitzer winner John Adams. The New York Times described Silverman’s premiere performance as “fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix.”  Wagner revolutionized harmony in his romantic Tristan and Isolde. Mezzo-soprano Jacalyn Krietzer and the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus join in for Alexander Nevsky, the Russian film score, for a monumental tale of battles, invasion, liberation and triumph. Performances sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green.
 
On May 5, 6, & 7, Bruno Ferrandis’ “Au Revoir” marks the US premiere of Czech composer Rataj’s Temporis, written in 2015, which features an Eastern European hammered dulcimer, a cymbalom, played by Czech artist Jan Mikusek. Bruno bids farewell with a masterpiece brimming with 90 musicians. Mahler’s last complete score, written after his daughter’s death, is ultimately an affirming love song to life and mortality, fittingly inscribed, “O beauty! Love! Farewell! Farewell!” Performances sponsored by Viking Cruises. Jan Mikusek is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni.
 
—Photos of all guest artists are available upon request—
List of Works 2017-2018 Classical Series
(Works receiving their first SRS performance noted with*, US Premiere with **)
Bates:                           Garages of the Valley*
Beethoven:                    Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Tchaikovsky:                 Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36
Shostakovich:                Festive Overture for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky:                 Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 23
Jennifer Higdon:             blue cathedral*
Mendelssohn:                Symphony No. 4 in A major, Italian
Berlioz:                         Overture to Le roi Lear [King Lear] for Orchestra, Opus 4*
Ravel:                           Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra
Rachmaninoff:                Symphonic Dances for Orchestra, Opus 45
Debussy:                      Clair de lune for Orchestra*
Haydn:                          Symphony No. 100 in G major, Military*
Mozart:                         Concerto No. 21 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467, Elvira Madigan
Bartók:                          Concerto for Orchestra
Bernstein:                     Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
Prokofiev:                      Concerto No. 3 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 26
Dvořák:                         Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95, From the New World
Wagner:                        Relude and Liebestad from Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90
Adams:                         The Dharma at Big Sur for Electric Violin and Orchestra*
Prokofiev:                      Alexander Nevsky (cantata) for Mezz-soprano, Orchestra and Chorus, Opus 78*
Michael Rataj:               Temporis for Cymbalom and Orchestra**
Mahler:                         Symphony No. 9 in D major
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Family Series comprises three interactive concerts for all ages, each featuring a guest performance troupe. Richard Loheyde conducts these affordable, educational and entertaining concerts on three Sunday afternoons at 3 PM. An Instrument petting zoo is available for children to handle and play instruments, beginning one hour prior to performances, free for all ticket holders.

On October 29, 2017, “Creature Features,” the Symphony explores treasured classics depicting favorite members of the animal kingdom, creatures of the silver screen, including fantastical creatures of all shapes and sizes. Roustabout Theater joins the Symphony. At this concert only, there will be a free photo booth, in addition to the petting zoo one hour before the performance.

“Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba” will be presented on January 28, 2018, with the help of Really Inventive Stuff. Sam-I-Am serves up a feast of endless surprises for a Seussical Diva in this Dr. Seuss classic. Then, with the help of an unlikely friend, Tubby the Tuba discovers that dreams can come true. Patrons of all ages experience the adventures of a red polkadot yo-yo, a dapper bullfrog puppet and a small piece of ribbon for a charming virtuoso performance.
 
Classical Kids Live! joins the Symphony on March 18, 2018 for “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage,” which follows the Mozart’s young son, Karl, as he visits his father and learns of his extraordinary life: from the meeting of the Queen of England and the Pope, to visiting the Sistine Chapel and experiencing Carnivale. Adults and children alike will discover the great master’s passion for composing as they journey with the actors and Orchestra into the world of The Magic Flute.
 
Symphony Pops Series
The Symphony Pops Series returns with four crowd-pleasing Sunday afternoon concerts performed at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. All concerts begin at 3 PM, with a pre-concert talk with conductor Michael Berkowitz one hour prior to the performance.
 
On October 22, 2017, powerhouse trumpeter and soulful, charismatic singer Byron Stripling joins the Symphony for “What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Byron Stripling will dazzle the audience with What a Wonderful World, Saint James Infirmary, Royal Garden Blues, Hello Dolly, Basin Street Blues, and more. Stripling’s signature version of When the Saints Go Marchin' In closes the show.
 
“A Holly Jolly Pops” with Roustabout Theatre, Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus and vocalists (TBA) rings out on December 10, 2017 with holiday favorites: Sleigh Ride, Baby It’s Cold Outside, White Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, Ave Maria, and more, plus an appearance by Santa Claus.  This holiday concert is a great outing for the whole family.
 
Papa Doo Run Run takes the stage with the “Symphony for Surfin’ Safari” on February 18, 2018. Renowned Beach Boys tribute band Papa Doo Run Run delivers classic rock from the 60's and 70's, including their award winning re-creation of the Beach Boys’ hits. Favorites include California Girls, Surfin’ Safari, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Wipe Out, Help Me Rhonda and Fun, Fun, Fun.
 
On April 22, 2018, “Love, Lust and Rock ‘n’ Roll” celebrate hits from the 30s to the 90s with Storm Large, lead singer for Pink Martini. Berkowitz’ program includes hits from Frank Sinatra to Elton John and Queen. This performance may contain adult content and explicit language (with humor). Not recommended for children younger than 12.
 
NOTE: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600, http://www.lutherburbankcenter.org.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles at Weill Hall
Richard Loheyde, Conductor
 
Sunday, November 19, 2017       Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO)
Saturday, March 3, 2018            SRSYO with Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, March 10, 2018           All Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensemble Showcase
Sunday, May 13, 2018               SRSYO Mother’s Day Concert
 
Hospitality PartnerDoubletree by Hilton Hotel
Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors. 
 
Doubletree by Hilton, where "the little things mean everything” includes the warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre- and post-concert dining.  Ways to Enhance the Concert Experience Concert Conversations
In Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular pre-concert talks, the conductors discuss the musical program and answer questions from the audience. For this Choice Season only, the Music Conductor Candidates will be interviewed by popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo prior to their concerts. Bruno Ferrandis will conduct the Concert Conversations for the final two sets. These relaxed, informative pre-concert talks begin one hour prior to the Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Concert Conversations are underwritten by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy.
 
Program Notes Online
Notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at srsymphony.org.
 
Directions and Transportation
The Green Music Center
The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is located on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, at the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. It is just 42 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
 
From the south, take U.S. Highway 101 north to the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Rohnert Park Expressway. Drive 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
From the north, take U.S. Highway 101 south to the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Rohnert Park Expressway. Drive 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony sponsors private bus service to many of our concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  

Subscription Series Tickets for the 2017-2018 Season
On Sale March 6
There are two new offerings this year: the Sweetheart Series (four ticket vouchers good for any Saturday evening SRS Classical Concert at Weill Hall) and the Candidate Series for those who want to make sure get their preferred seat for the first five concert sets in which the Music Conductor Candidates conduct their carefully crafted programs. Find Seasons Subscription package pricing here.  
 
Subscription renewal deadline to retain the same seats is April 14, 2017
 
Classical Concert Series
The seven-concert package is the ONLY way for patrons to secure their preferred seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for all seven concerts.
Packages: $168-$546 (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
 
Candidate Series NEW!
Special this year, patrons may purchase a five-concert subscription package to experience all five Music Director Candidates, October-February.
Packages: $130-$415
 
Mini Series
Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Packages: $104-332
 
Come As You Can Series
This is the most flexible subscription package—eight ticket vouchers which may be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $400
 
Sweetheart Series NEW!
With the new Sweetheart series, patrons can plan ahead for two date nights, two outings with a friend or four Saturdays for themselves. Four vouchers to redeem for any classical Saturday evening concert.
Packages: $200
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
On seven Saturdays at 2 PM, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience or as an economical alternative for low-income patrons. It also offers a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor as they rehearse, and could be used as a sneak preview for any regular subscriber!
Packages: $105 for adults; $70 for youth 18 years old and younger.
 
Family Concert Series
Our orchestra and zany, colorful guest artists present three Sunday afternoon performances at 3 PM that pique imaginations, and delight one and all! Pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins one hour before each performance. A free photo booth is also available at the October concert.
Packages: $45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126. (must include 2 child subscriptions)
 
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office (in person or 54-MUSIC) beginning March 6, 2017.  Subscriptions are not available online at this time. Single tickets will go on sale to the public beginning August 7, 2017.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5:30 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM– 5:30 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mail to: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
srsymphony.org       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-7284
 
Integrated Community Music Education
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth and adult students annually. The Symphony has an unwavering commitment to train musicians of the future and to foster an enduring love of music through school and community engagement.
 
Music for Our Schools
For more than 50 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has provided resources to support local music education, including opportunities and support for classroom teachers. Local schools may benefit from the following:
-Free Concerts for Youth – Elementary school students attend any one of six live orchestral performances in Weill Hall
-Elementary School Listening Program – Daily music listening for classrooms
-Youth Discovery Card – Free admission to Discovery Rehearsal performances
-In-School Performances – SRS professional musicians perform in area schools, offering informative and entertaining chamber concerts
-IGNITE! – A free concert in which students join the orchestra on recorder from the audience
-It’s Elementary - Six Sonoma County schools annually receive a full range of customized music education activities

Social Action through music with Simply Strings
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. Beginning in second grade, this program, based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland, provides children with free string instrument and ensemble instruction two hours daily after school. Simply Strings trains young people to become excellent musicians, responsible citizens and agents of change.
 
These promising young musicians will perform alongside the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra at Weill Hall for an audience of their peers.
 
Training Young Musicians
Opportunities for beginning to advanced students include five youth ensembles and a three-week summer day camp. The beacon of the Santa Rosa Symphony's Training Young Musicians program, the award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs regularly in public concerts throughout the year, and has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall. The orchestra has also performed internationally in China and will tour to Vienna, Budapest and Salzburg in June of 2018.
Guest Artist and Guest Conductor Biographies – 2017-2018 Season
October 7, 8 & 9, 2017

Francesco Lecce-Chong, guest conductor
American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world, including engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently holds the positions of Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.
 
Previously, he served as Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances, garnering national distinction, including the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Music Award. He has been featured in international masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, David Robertson, and Christopher Seaman.

Joyce Yang, piano
Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post), Steinway artist Joyce Yang captivates with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.The youngest 2005 Cliburn contestant at 19, she also took home the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work.
 
She has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto symphony orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the BBC Philharmonic (among many others), working with such distinguished conductors as Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Manfred Honeck, Jacques Lacombe and many more. In recital, Yang has taken the stage at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Chicago’s Symphony Hall; and Zurich’s Tonhalle.

November 4, 5 & 6, 2017
 
Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor
An innovative and passionate force on and off the conductor’s podium, Taiwan-born Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor for the 2016 National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Orchestra Festival.
 
A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally. Among her honors and awards are being named one of Musical America’s 2015 Top 30 Influencers, and the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras. Chen served as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony from 2010-2016.
 
Nareh Arghamanyan, piano 
Highly acclaimed for her unique style, colourful tone and dazzling virtuosity, Nareh Arghamanyan is one of the promising talents of her generation. Having given debuts with numerous orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalleorchester Zurich, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Vancouver and Utah Symphonies, she also regularly performs at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Laieszhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal Munich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna and Lincoln Center New York.
 
Born in Armenia in 1989, she studied with Alexander Gurgenov at the Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children in Yerevan and became the youngest student to be admitted to the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec and Avedis Kouyoumdjan. She studied with Arie Vardi in Hannover and is a laureate of many international piano competitions including first prize winner at the 2008 Montréal International Music Competition, 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, as well as the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition Vienna. Since the 2015/16 season, Nareh has been a Bösendorfer Artist.

December 2, 3 & 4, 2017

Andrew Grams, guest conductor
Andrew Grams has built a reputation for dynamism, technical finesse, and engaging concert experiences. As music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, he has strengthened, the organization/community dynamic, and his tenure was recently extended through 2021-2022. He is an active guest conductor, working with major orchestras in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia.
 
Grams began violin at age eight in the Maryland public school system before attending the Baltimore School for the Arts and participating in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program. He won a position in the violin section of the New York City Ballet while enrolled at Julliard. He pursued conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music while maintaining his position at NYCB, and in 2007, completed a three-year tenure as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under the supervision of music director Franz Welser-Möst.

Stewart Goodyear, piano
Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta, Montreal and Seattle symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra (Leipzig), Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master's at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations and performs his own solo works. This year, Goodyear premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, "Callaloo" with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and in July of this year, the Clarosa Quartet will premiere his Piano Quartet commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

January 13, 14 & 15, 2018

Graeme Jenkins, guest conductor
The English Conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience, particularly in opera. Straight from the Royal College of Music he was appointed Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-1991). He was Music Director of the Dallas Opera 1994-2013.
Graeme Jenkins is also a Choral and Orchestral conductor, noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as all the major choral works.
 
Other Orchestral work has been with most of the major UK orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has worked with the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Minnesota, Utah and San Antonio.

Orli Shaham, piano
A consummate musician recognized for her grace and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The Chicago Tribune calls her “a first-rate Mozartean.”Shaham has performed with nearly every major American orchestra and many in Europe, Asia and Australia.
 
Driven by a passion to bring classical music to new audiences, Orli Shaham maintains an active parallel career as a respected broadcaster, music writer and lecturer. On radio, she has hosted the nationally-broadcast Dial-a-Musician and America’s Music Festivals series, and served as artist in residence on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Inspired by her enthusiasm for introducing young children to the pleasures of music, Orli Shaham created Baby Got Bach, a series of interactive classical concerts for young children which has had a devoted following in New York, St. Louis and other locations since 2010.

February 10, 11 & 12, 2018

Michael Christie, guest conductor
Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining and enlightening.
 
Christie’s conducting career has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading top orchestras around the world. Christie also served as Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival from 2000-2013.

Christie was appointed Music Director of the Minnesota Opera in the 2012-2013 Season. He recently led the premiere of Paul Moravec’s opera The Shining, and in 2017, he leads the premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates with Santa Fe Opera. Christie led the Minnesota Opera in the 2011 premiere of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-Prize winning Silent Night.

Anna Fedorova, piano
Anna Fedorova has performed in prestigious concert halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Zurich Tonhalle, The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Cadogan Hall (London), the Warsaw Filharmonia, the Gdansk Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and many others. Fedorova has played with The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Japan), the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Residentie Orkest and the Camerata Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Tokyo New City Orchestra (Japan), the Philarmonia of the Nations and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the OFUNAM (Mexico), the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Camerata and many others.

Fedorova’s top prizes include the International Rubinstein 'In Memoriam' piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival and a David Young Piano Prize Holder.

April 7, 8 & 9, 2018

Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Lauded by the BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries.

Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. The world's foremost concert electric violinist, Silverman has contributed significantly to the repertoire and develoPMent of the 6-string electric violin and the non-classical stylistic approach he calls “21st century violin playing,” inspiring several major concertos composed specifically for him, including Pulitzer winner John Adams’ “The Dharma at Big Sur.”

Silverman’s eclectic career has included appearances with the Detroit  and Montreal symphonies, Adelaide Festival Orchestra, as well as recording with the rock band Guster, contemporary music’s Paul Dresher Ensemble, jazz legend Billy Taylor and most recently on his new Delos/Naxos CD, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos”, with the acclaimed Calder Quartet.

Tracy has appeared on numerous national TV and radio programs and has been profiled on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. A busy composer, 2015-2016 includes performances of Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto, a return to Carnegie Hall to premier Nico Muhly’s “Seeing Is Believing” with the American Symphony, as well as the publication of his instructional method “Strum Bowing,” already in use throughout the world. Silverman is an in-demand clinician and on faculty at Belmont University in Nashville.
 
May 5, 6 & 7, 2018
 
Jan Mikusek, cymbalom
Born in Valašské Meziříčí, Jan Mikušek studied cymbalom and conducting at the Brno conservatoire in Evžen Holiš’s class. In 1991, he became the conductor of the Beseda Choir in Valašské Meziříčí and concurrently second conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. He continued studying conducting at the Academy of Music in Prague with František Vajnar. He conducted the musicals Hair and Rusalka, and arranged and prepared the rock opera Juno and Avos for the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň. Since 2000, he has been the conductor of the chamber ensemble Vox Nymburgensis.
 
Jan Mikušek is the co-founder of the International Cymbalom Festival in Valašské Meziříčí. As an active player of this instrument, he has premiered a number of compositions for cymbalom (Trifolium by Antonín Tučapský, Mazel Tow by Vladimír Wimmer, Psalms by Svatopluk Havelka, Concerto for cymbalom and orchestra by Jan Meisl).
 
He also studied vocals, first with Marcyn B. Sczycińsky, subsequently under the tutelage of Terezie Blumová. He has performed early music with many ensembles and also collaborated with the flutist Jiří Stivín and Ensemble Damian (Tomáš Hanzlík‘s and Vít Zouhar’s operas). His repertoire includes oratorios, masses and cantatas by Bach, Händel, Carissimi, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Draghi and Wiederer.
 
Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano
Jacalyn Kreitzer began her professional career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She sang leading roles in Europe for many years, including Brangane with Montserrat Caballe and Peter Schneider in Teatro del Liceu, Erda with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Fricka with Chatelet Opera Paris and Jeffrey Tate. She was with the Metropolitan Opera for four seasons, and can be heard as Rossweisse and Waltraute in "Die Walkure" with Deutsche Grammaphon, James Levine conducting.
 
Kreitzer has performed with some of the world's great opera houses and symphonies, including New York City Opera, Barcelona, Spoleto, Geneva, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, Dublin Grand, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Seattle Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Kansas City, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, Prague National Symphony, Pasadena, and the Kronos, American, Mendelssohn and Sequioa String Quartets. She has performed over 40 operatic roles.
 
Kreitzer is the Vocal Consultant for OperaSLO, a teacher of Applied Voice at Cal Poly State University. She is the Founder & Producer of Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre, collaborating with OperaSLO. She has produced master classes that have featured Marilyn Horne, Jubilant Sykes, Frederica von Stade, Rod Gilfry, Juliana Gondek, and Erik Stein, Casting Director for PCPA. Kreitzer was recently selected as one of five honorees devoted to “Excellence in the Arts” in San Luis Obispo County and is the recipient of a “Grammy Excellence in Teaching Award”, as one of 200 of 7000 quarterfinalists.
 
Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus
The Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus comprises music majors, students from other majors, staff, faculty, and community members. The chorus performs large works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as thematic projects such as Madrigals and All That Jazz and the annual holiday Family Concert By Candlelight. Beginning with a special Sunrise Choral Concert during the Green Music Center’s 2012 grand opening weekend, the Symphonic Chorus makes its permanent home in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall and Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University. 
 
Season at a Glance
Classical Concert Series
 
FROM BEETHOVEN TO BATES
October 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Francesco Lecce-Chong, guest conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
MASON BATES: Garages of the Valley for Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4
 
EXHILIRATING JOURNEY
November 4, 5 & 6, 2017
Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor
Nareh Arghamanyan, piano
SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
JENNIFER HIGDON: blue cathedral
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, Italian
 
A LUSCIOUS EURO SOUND
December 2, 3 & 4, 2017
Andrew Grams, guest conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano
BERLIOZ: Overture to King Lear
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances
DEBUSSY: Clair de lune
 
TIMELESS TREASURES
January 13, 14 & 15, 2018
Graeme Jenkins, guest conductor
Orli Shaham, piano
HAYDN: Symphony No. 100, Military
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan
BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra
 
ENTER THE NEW WORLD
February 10, 11 & 12, 2018
Michael Christie, guest conductor
Anna Fedorova, piano
BERNSTEIN: On the Waterfront, Symphonic Suite
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9, From the New World
 
ODE TO CALIFORNIA
April 7, 8 & 9, 2018
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano
SSU Symphonic Chorus
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestad from Tristan and Isolde
Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur for Electric Violin
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky for Mezzo-Soprano and Chorus
 
AU REVOIR, BRUNO
May 5, 6 & 7, 2018
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jan Mikusek, cymbalom
Michal Rataj: Temporis for Cymbalom and Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
 
Classical Series Concert Times
Saturday and Monday at 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM
Discovery Open Rehearsals: Saturday at 2 PM
Programs and artists subject to change.
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
CREATURE FEATURES
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 3 PM
Roustabout Theater
 
GREEN EGGS & HAM AND TUBBY THE TUBA
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 3 PM
Really Inventive Stuff
MOZART’S MAGNIFICENT VOYAGE
Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 3 PM
Classical Kids Live!
 
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
POPS CONCERT SERIES
Michael Berkowitz, conductor
 
What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
Sunday, October 22, 2017
 
A Holly Jolly Pops
Sunday, December 10, 2017
 
Symphonic Surfin’ Safari
Sunday, February 18, 2018
 
Love, Lust and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Sunday, April 22, 2018
 
SRS YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Saturday, November 19, 2017 – 3 PM
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 3 PM
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 3 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 – 3 PM

About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 23, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces Two New Staff Members

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 23, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony recently added two new staff members: Ann Hutchinson as Marketing Associate in September 2016 and Nathan Duckworth as Development Associate in February 2017.
 
Ann Hutchinson formerly worked as a freelance journalist and as staff writer for a national trade publication. A California native, she has lived in Sonoma County since 1981.
 
Executive Director Alan Silow says, “Ann brings a wealth of diverse experience in writing, marketing and public relations that will serve her and us well in her capacity as marketing associate of the Santa Rosa Symphony.”
 
Hutchinson has been writing from every side of the equation for more than a decade: fiction and memoir author, journalist and publicist. Writing flash fiction (under 1000 words) honed her ability to be concise. She loves writing brief, attention-getting copy. When she’s not at work, she’s out dancing with her husband, writing songs or running Sonoma County Dance Beat, an online community calendar. 
 
Nathan Duckworth previously served as editor-in-chief of the Patterson Irrigator newspaper in Patterson, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Stanislaus. Duckworth recently relocated to Sonoma County from Tracy, Calif.
 
“Nathan’s strong journalistic background will serve him and the organization well in his capacity as our major grant writer,” says Silow.
 
Duckworth says, “I’m excited to be working in a position that directly supports community building and the arts.”
 
In his downtime, Duckwork enjoys reading, writing and seeking out critical conversations around everything from music to games to literature.
 
Photo available upon request
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact: 
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 17, 2017: “Bring on the Strings” features three Santa Rosa Symphony principal players March 25, 26 & 27

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 17, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Bring on the Strings,” a special classical concert featuring three principal players from the SRS orchestra playing works by Mozart and Fauré on March 25 and March 27 at 8 pm, and March 26 at 3 pm at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis’ “string-sational” program begins with Hovhaness’ Meditation on Orpheus and concludes with two works by Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 and Finlandia, round out the program.
Santa Rosa Symphony has been delivering quality music by talented musicians for 89 years, earning it acclaim, grants and awards and drawing audiences from outside the area and filling the Green Music Center’s 1,400-seat auditorium. This program features principal cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns, concertmaster Joseph Edelberg and principal violist Elizabeth Prior.

“. . . special praise must be given to the string section, which negotiated . . . roller-coaster runs with accuracy, unanimity and feeling.” – CLASSICAL SONOMA
Adelle-Akiko Kearns takes the spotlight for Fauré’s Élegie. Artists International Award-winner Kearns, principal cellist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2011, has played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and more since her 2008 Carnegie debut. As a chamber musician Kearns performed at the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals and collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki and the Da Capo Chamber Players. A full bio is appended here.

A small, lyrical piece, Élegie begins with a solemn, long-breathed melody and returns to echo it again after a dynamic middle section in which the cello raises its voice.

Joseph Edelberg, Santa Rosa Symphony concertmaster will be joined by principal violist Elizabeth Prior in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante. Concertmaster of the SRS for 20 seasons, Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and American Bach Soloists, and has performed solos with the Oakland and Berkeley symphonies. A full bio is appended and here.

Principal violist Elizabeth Prior is also a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. A native of South Africa, she is a prize-winner of the International String Competition in Pretoria. She debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. A full bio is appended and here.

In Sinfonia concertante in E‑flat major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, written in 1779, both soloists share a rich and equal partnership, conversing and blending for a rich sound, which reflects much of Mozart’s character. The two fast, serene and joyful movements are contrasted by a reflective and melancholic slow, central movement.

Bruno Ferrandis  follows these string masterpieces with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4 and the evocative tone poem Finlandia. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4 marks the composer’s move to a sparer sound and a more compressed and strict structure, which can require multiple hearings to parse its form. Finlandia was ostensibly written to raise money for the pension fund of Finnish journalists. The actual intent was to provide moral and financial support to a free press in a largely Russian-controlled Finland. Each of the movements served as a prelude to an historical representation of history by costumed figures. The name Finlandia, Sibelius coopted after being asked to write an overture by that name as a dream of a bright future for Finland.

The program opens with Hovhaness’ Mediation on Orpheus, which reflects the non-Western and religious traditions of his time evokes a sense of mystery with its darkly modal style. 

The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, which begins one hour prior to each concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$85 and can be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 am to 5:00 pm. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.

Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.

Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Eileen, Victor and Karen Trione, in memory of Henry Trione
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Guest artists Edelberg, Prior and Kearns underwritten by Laura Tietz
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship

-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and guest artists provided upon request-

Artist Bios
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Santa Rosa Symphony’s concertmaster Joseph Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and American Bach Soloists. Guest leader appearances include Berkeley, Marin and California symphonies , San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists and San Francisco Opera Merola Grand Finals Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, as concertmaster at the Summer Festival Orchestras of Mendocino and San Louis Obispo, and as guest principal second violin of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra.

Edelberg played for years with the string quartet StringCircle and with Earplay. His solo appearances include the symphonies of Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Rosa. He has recorded with the aforementioned baroque orchestras, the Berkeley Symphony, Chanticleer and Earplay. A Massachusetts native, he graduated from Amherst College and studied with Phillip Naegele, Felix Galimir and Adolf Bruk.

Elizabeth Prior, viola
Santa Rosa Symphony principal violist Elizabeth Prior is also a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Farallon Quintet. She is season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony (tutti). She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.

A native of South Africa, she is a prize-winner of the International String Competition in Pretoria. She debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Prior tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and toured twice, recently, with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Other solo and chamber music engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony and “Chamber Music San Francisco.” She gave regular Viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles on piano.

Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Artists International Award-winner Adelle-Akiko Kearns, principal cellist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2011, has played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and more since her 2008 Carnegie debut.

As a chamber musician Kearns performed at the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals and collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki and the Da Capo Chamber Players. 
A San Francisco native and resident, Kearns performs as principal cellist of the Merced Symphony; assistant principal cellist of Symphony Silicon Valley, the Music in the Mountains Festival and the Monterey Symphony Orchestra; Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony; and as a member of the Marin Symphony. She has served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Louisiana Philharmonic and as a member of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

Kearns holds degrees from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. Principal teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Sadao Harada and Irene Sharp.  Kearns also maintains an active teaching studio. What:   Symphony Concert “Bring on the Strings”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Elizabeth Prior, viola
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
 
HOVHANESS:  Meditation on Orpheus
FAURÉ:  Élegie for Cello
MOZART:  Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
SIBELIUS:  Symphony No. 4
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
 
CALENDAR LISTING
When:

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., March 25 at 2 pm)
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85
 
Tickets
Online:  srsymphony.org
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:         SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:      beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact: 
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

January 5, 2017: Tales of Love with Alessio Bax presented by Santa Rosa Symphony Valentine’s weekend

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 5, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Tales of Love,” featuring two works inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Alessio Bax playing the epic Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, February 11-13 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. This Valentine’s weekend program, conducted by Bruno Ferrandis, begins with Hector Berlioz’s Introduction to Roméo et Juliette, his “dramatic symphony” written in 1839. This short piece (about five minutes long) begins with the clashing on the streets between the Montagues and the Capulets, building until the Duke’s arrival, signaled by horns and trombones sounding out a demand to cease, which when repeated is heeded.  

Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of only a few four-movement concertos, with its full-scale scherzo movement, added by the composer to provide more contrast with the next, slow movement. The first movement calls for very quick piano fingers, which Bax will supply. Internationally sought-after Steinway artist Alessio Bax has played with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.
 
Gramaphone Editor’s Choice raves about Bax: “His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity.”

Ferrandis conducts Suites 1 and 2 of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest narrative ballets to come from Soviet Russia. Suite No. 1 contains dance numbers referred to as: Folk Dance, Scene, Madrigal, Minuet, Masks, Romeo and Juliet and finishes with the dramatic Death of Tybalt. Suite No. 2 holds the drama with The Montagues and the Capulets, Juliet the Young Girl, Friar Laurence, Dance, Romeo and Juliet before Parting, Dance of the Maids from the Antilles and Romeo at Juliet’s Grave.

The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, which begins one hour prior to each Tales of Love concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.

Concert Times and Location
Saturday, February 11 and Monday, February 13 at 8 pm, and Sunday, February 12 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, February 11 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University.

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.

Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Alessio Bax is underwritten by Faye Smith
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship

Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Alessio Bax provided upon request

CALENDAR LISTING
What: Symphony Concert “Tales of Love”

Who: Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano

BERLIOZ: Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2
PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet

When: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., February 11 at 2 pm)
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3 pm 
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 8 pm

Pre-concert talks with Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance 
(except Discovery Rehearsal). 

Where: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University 

Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85

Tickets 
Online:    srsymphony.org
Phone:     54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:      SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
          Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:     beginning 1½ hours before each performance

About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

December 15, 2016: Magic Circle Mime’s family concert “The Listener” with Santa Rosa Symphony January 22

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 15, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “The Listener,” an innovative family program of Magic Circle Mime Company at 3 PM on January 22, 2017 at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall. In “The Listener,” the conductor’s carefully prepared and varied program is complicated by the unexpected participation of two clowning  “audience members,” as they climb onto the stage, dance, play instruments, swipe hats and bows, and bring the audience along as their accomplice, while teaching ticketholders of all ages, the art of listening. Watch highlights of the one-hour program here.
 
The Seattle Post Intelligencer says of this family program, which received Washington State Arts Commission’s highest rating for quality, “Many emotions are experienced at a symphony concert but wonderment is seldom one of them…It was as if everyone in the audience had created the magic himself.”
 
Santa Rosa Symphony will be partnering – not for the first time – with Magic Circle Mime Company for a memorable, interactive program for all ages, conducted by Richard Loheyde. 
This family program includes Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake, Mozart’s Finale from Symphony No. 39, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”
 
Patrons are invited to arrive early to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, which is available beginning at 2 PM.
 
Tickets are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Seats are reserved. Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. 
 
Magic Circle Mime Co., the creative partnership of artists Maggie Petersen and Douglas MacIntyre, is regarded as one of today's premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. Magic Circle Mime Company performs with virtually every major orchestra in North America and has performed on numerous occasions with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Montreal, Saint Louis, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg; the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra; and on more than half a dozen occasions at The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts with the National Symphony Orchestra.
 
Family Series Conductor Richard Loheyde also serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Dr. Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.

Concert Sponsor
In 2015, opera singer Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of over $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 
 
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: “The Listener,” Family Concert 2 of The Peggy Anne Covington Family Series
 
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
 
Time: 3 pm (An Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department is open at 2 PM.)
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
                        (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            Magic Circle Mime Company
 
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. 
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERTS:
 
Presto Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 PM
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Platypus Theatre
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 22, 2016: World-renowned harp virtuoso Marie-Pierre Langlamet joins Santa Rosa Symphony for works by Ginastera and Debussy

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 22, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Principal harpist for the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic (since 1993), Marie-Pierre Langlamet performs the dancing Harp Concerto by Ginastera, with its alternating rhythms, and Debussy’s Dances Sacred and Profane. The program, “Heavenly Harp,” concludes with Ravel’s sensuous and passionate Daphnis and Chloé, and opens with Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie.  

Langlamet was seated as principal harpist for the Nice Opera Orchestra at 17 and has dazzled audiences ever since. The Jerusalem Post says, “Langlamet has everything…she brings breadth, depth and immense vitality to her performance.”

Ginastera’s Harp Concerto has a folkloric character that will be heard in conversations between Langlamet’s harp and the woodwinds, which are offset by two other passages that work together, dramatically building to the finale rondo. 

Debussy wrote his Danses as a test-piece for the Pleyel Company’s new cross-strung harp in the spring of 1904. The slow and ritualistic Danse sacrée is complimented by the lively and lilting waltz, Danse Profane. Though largely in the key of D, the second dance has chromatic alterations and modulations which push at the edges of the harp’s capabilities.
 
Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
One hour before the concert, Bruno Ferrandis will give a pre-concert talk, which is general seating and free to all Heavenly Harp ticket holders. Visit srsymphony.org for program notes.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, January 7 and Monday, January 9 at 8 pm, and Sunday, January 8 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, January 7 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Betty Freeman
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Marie-Pierre Langlamet is underwritten by Exchange Bank
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Marie-Pierre Langlamet provided upon request- CALENDAR LISTING What: Symphony Concert “Heavenly Harp
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
 
ROSSINI:      Overture to The Thieving Magpie
GINASTERA:          Harp Concerto
DEBUSSY:    Dances Sacred and Profane
RAVEL:        Daphnis et Chloé, Suites 1 & 2
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., January 7 at 2 pm)
Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85
Tickets
Online:                        srsymphony.org
Phone:             4-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:        SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:    beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact: 
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 14, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Realizes Thirteenth Consecutive Record-Setting Year

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 14, 2016

Final audited figures confirm that the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS), for the thirteenth consecutive fiscal year (ending June 30, 2016), finished in the black, realizing record-level ticket sales and donations, contributing to $4 million gross revenues.  Estate donations from long-time symphony supporters helped raise the endowment to exceed $11 million for the first time and brought total assets to a record level of $17,110,628.

Organizational highlights this year included
- Most successful fundraising event in our 13 year gala history
- Record ticket sales for Family Concert Series
- Record high Foundation and Government grants
- A 2016 Merit Award for Cultural Enrichment from the City of Santa Rosa for the Simply Strings program
- Enrollment and revenue goals exceeded for SRS’ four youth ensemble orchestras
- Digital preservation of more than 35 years of Music Director Emeritus Corrick Brown’s 280 concerts
- Endowment fund value exceeded $11 million for the first time
- Ended fiscal year in the black for the thirteenth consecutive year (with an operating surplus of $205,621 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016)

"Now in our 89th season, we look to sustain our vision to be one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, locally acclaimed and nationally recognized for community engagement, artistic vibrancy and fiscal sustainability,” said Alan Silow, SRS Executive Director.

For more information, contact Alan Silow, 707-546-7097 ext.213, asilow@santarosasymphony.com
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 10, 2016: The It's Elementary program of the Santa Rosa Symphony expands to six schools

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 10, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony’s It’s Elementary! music enrichment program for youth has expanded to include a sixth Sonoma County elementary school. The program is offered to qualifying Sonoma County schools for a term of two years each. During those two years, the teachers and students in the school are enrolled free of charge in the five main educational programs offered by SRS to schools throughout Sonoma County. The following programs are provided without cost to the students in the It’s Elementary! program.
 
The Elementary School Listening Program provides a 5-minute daily listening piece and scripts to go with each day. The children hear the same piece of music each day for 5 days, with scripts that vary slightly from day to day. For instance, the name of the composer is repeated during the week. By Friday, the script asks the students if they remember the name of the composer. This program is available to all schools in Sonoma County on a fee basis, and is free of charge to the schools in the It’s Elementary! program.
 
 “The kids and teachers love the Listening Program! I was surprised to discover how much they look forward to it each day. Students will remind their teachers to play the music if they don’t start at the appointed time. The listening program gives students time to center and focus, which supports the development of mindfulness. Mindfulness practices cultivate emotional resilience, self-awareness and empathy, which are essential life skills and traits we all need,” commented Betha MacClain, Principal at Jack London Elementary School and a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors.
 
The Meet Our Families Assemblies bring in four chamber groups representing the four orchestra families (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) to perform in each It’s Elementary! school over the course of the two years. The programs are interactive and lively. For example, the percussion trio actually brings bucket percussion for the students to try. At the end of the second year, one of the three youth orchestras of the Symphony performs in each school. This final concert is a great way for the students to see kids approximately their own age performing. This program is provided free of charge to the It’s Elementary! schools, and is available to other schools for a fee.
 
Kaesa Enemark, former Steele Lane Elementary Principal, said of the program, “Steele Lane students and staff loved the personalized concert. It was adorable to see the students in awe of the music and musicians. [It] warmed my heart as I sat on the cafeteria floor amongst my wiggly first graders and kindergartners. I almost wept with happiness.”
 
Youth Discovery Cards provide a free ticket for each child and one adult companion to attend dress rehearsals of the Santa Rosa Symphony classical series concerts at the Green Music Center throughout the year. These complimentary tickets give children an opportunity to see the orchestra at work! Youth Discovery Cards are made available free of charge to ALL elementary schools in Sonoma County.
 
The Free Concerts For Youth program brings students to the Green Music Center during the school day for a concert by the SRS Youth Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra or the Santa Rosa Symphony. The Symphony underwrites the cost of transportation to the concerts for schools in the It’s Elementary! program; other schools provide their own transportation to these free events.

Each year the final Free Concerts For Youth includes a segment called IGNITE! Teachers learn how to teach fundamental music concepts to their students using a curriculum provided by the Santa Rosa Symphony with support from SRS Education staff. The curriculum prepares students to play recorder or sing along with the orchestra. The cost of this program, including the loan of recorders for the students to play, is free for the schools in the It’s Elementary! program. Other elementary schools in Sonoma County can also participate in the IGNITE! program through the SRS.
 
It’s Elementary! partner schools are chosen based on criteria set by the SRS, which take into account the kind of music education already available to the students and the percentage of the students considered to be disadvantaged. As a result of increased understanding of the importance of the arts in the core curriculum being shown at the both state and district level within California, the SRS has seen a leap in interest in the It’s Elementary! program here in Sonoma County. In 2015, the Symphony decided to increase the number of schools in the program to a total of six per year; nine schools applied for the three new spots. Steele Lane Elementary, Helen Lehman Elementary and Jack London Elementary are in their second year. Bellevue Elementary, Olivet Elementary Charter School and Woodland Star Charter School joined the program this year. With the addition of Woodland Star, the It’s Elementary! program has expanded geographically to include Sonoma.
 
It’s Elementary Participating Schools 2016-2017:
 
Bellevue Elementary School, Santa Rosa ,Year 1
            425 Students
            90% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            98% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            55.7% English Language Learners
 
Olivet Elementary Charter School, Santa Rosa ,Year 1
            343 Students
            50% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            50% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            25% English Language Learners
 
Woodland Star Charter School, Sonoma ,Year 1
            255 Students
            30% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            44% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            16.1% English Language Learners
 
Helen Lehman Elementary School, Santa Rosa, Year 2
            530 Students
            94.6% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            87.5% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            66% English Language Learners
           
Steele Lane Elementary School, Santa Rosa, Year 2
            487 Students
            90% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            93.6% qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program
            64% English Language Learners
 
Jack London Elementary/Piner Olivet Charter School, Santa Rosa (two schools, one campus), Year 2
            550 Students (total enrollment for both schools)
            40%/41.5% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            29.8%/30.3% qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program
            34.8%/23.3% English Language Learners
 
The It’s Elementary! partnerships with these schools are funded by generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Education Outreach and Youth Orchestra Manager Jane Shelly said, “The Santa Rosa Symphony’s ongoing commitment to community service is clearly evident in these education programs.”
For further information about the SRS education programs and how to become an It’s Elementary! partner school, please visit the Santa Rosa Symphony’s website at srsymphony.org or call Jane Shelly at 707-546-7097, ext. 225.
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact: 
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 3, 2016: Finalists Chosen for the Next Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 3, 2016

Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony today announced the names of the five music director candidates, who will be introduced to audiences during the 2017-2018 Santa Rosa Symphony Season, as potential successors to Bruno Ferrandis. The news was released, complete with a video showcasing these talented conductors, at a private event at Weill Hall on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm. The candidates (in alphabetical order) are as follows: Mei-Ann Chen, Michael Christie, Andrew Grams, Graeme Jenkins and Francesco Lecce-Chong. These five finalists represent three different nationalities and embody an extraordinary list of musical accomplishments.
 
View the Conductor Candidates film.
 
Candidate Biographies with 2017-2018 conducting dates
 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, October 7, 8, 9, 2017
American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world, including engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently holds the positions of Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Previously, he served as Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances, garnering national distinction, including the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Music Award. He has been featured in international masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, David Robertson and Christopher Seaman. Read full bio here.

Mei-Ann Chen, November 4, 5, 6, 2017
An innovative and passionate force on and off the conductor’s podium, Taiwan-born Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she is also Artistic Director and Conductor for the 2016 National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Orchestra Festival. A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras nationally and internationally. Recent performance highlights include Germany’s Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony’s renowned Chinese New Year celebration, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis symphonies. Among her honors and awards are being named one of Musical America’s 2015 Top 30 Influencers and the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras. Chen served as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony from 2010-2016. Read full bio here.

Andrew Grams, December 2, 3, 4, 2017
Maestro Andrew Grams has built a reputation for dynamism, technical finesse, and engaging concert experiences. In leading the Elgin Symphony Orchestra as its music director, he has strengthened the organization/community dynamic, and his tenure was recently extended through 2021-2022. He is an active guest conductor, working with major orchestras in North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.

Grams began violin at age 8 in the Maryland public school system before attending the Baltimore School for the Arts and participating in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program. He won a position in the violin section of the New York City Ballet while enrolled at Julliard.  He pursued conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music while maintaining his position at NYCB, and in 2007, completed a three-year tenure as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under the supervision of music director Franz Welser-Möst. Read full bio here.

Graeme Jenkins, January 13, 14, 15, 2018
The English Conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience, particularly in opera. Straight from the Royal College of Music, he was appointed Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-1991). He was Music Director of the Dallas Opera 1994-2013. Graeme Jenkins is also a choral and orchestral conductor, noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as all the major choral works.

Other orchestral work has been with most of the major UK orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has worked with the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Minnesota, Utah and San Antonio. Read full bio here.

Michael Christie, February 10, 11, 12, 2018
Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining and enlightening. Christie’s conducting career has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic, and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading top orchestras around the world. Christie also served as Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival from 2000-2013.

Christie was appointed Music Director of the Minnesota Opera in the 2012-13 season. He recently led the premiere of Paul Moravec’s opera The Shining, and in 2017, will lead the premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates with Santa Fe Opera. Christie led the Minnesota Opera in the 2011 premiere of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-Prize winning Silent Night. Read full bio here.

Photos available upon request

SRS Music Director Search and Selection Process
These distinguished candidates will take the podium as guest conductors during the 2017-2018 season. All five candidates will spend approximately eight days in Santa Rosa conducting all rehearsals and performances. In addition, each candidate will participate in a full schedule of meetings with community leaders, media, board of director members, staff and musicians. The new music director’s tenure will begin with the 2018-2019 season.

Santa Rosa Symphony Board President Sara Woodfield said, “The Santa Rosa Symphony was delighted to have a long list of talented conductors step forward. Distilling the list to these five excellent choices was challenging, yet rewarding for the search committee. I believe our audience and community will be excited about our choices and the bright future this represents for our Symphony and our community.”

The Music Director Search Committee spent months pouring over resumes, viewing videos, checking references, conducting phone interviews and even flying across the country to see some of the candidates in action. After the first five concert sets of the 2017-2018 season, the community will have experienced all the potential music directors, and the selection will be made by March 2018.

Music Director Search Committee Chair Jim Hinton, said, “This music director search has been an amazing, world-wide endeavor, with 60 well-qualified applicants, whom we researched and vetted extensively.”

The Music Director Search Committee comprises five board members, four orchestra members and the executive director as follows:

Board Members
Jim Hinton (Chair)
Jamei Haswell, VP
Sara Kozel
John Reed
Susan Dzieza
                                               
Orchestra Members
Kale Cumings
Laura Reynolds
Alex Camphouse
Adelle-Akiko Kearns
Alan Silow, Executive Director
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Executive Director Alan Silow says, “Maestro Ferrandis has contributed greatly to raising the artistic excellence of this orchestra, which will serve us admirably as we welcome five of the most prominent conductors in the world today as candidates.”

Bruno Ferrandis, who will conduct the final two celebratory concert sets of the 2017-2018 season, his last as Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director, said of the candidates, “The Santa Rosa Symphony will have to choose very carefully from these extremely qualified and talented candidates. I have no doubt that the Symphony will be in good hands, whichever candidate is chosen.”
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:                                                                          
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 25, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony plays Rachmaninoff’s The Bells December 3,4 & 5 with three vocal soloists, SSU Symphonic Chorus . . . and no bells!

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 25, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony’s annual holiday concert, December 3, 4, 5 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, conducted by Bruno Ferrandis, features The Bells, in which Rachmaninoff created the peeling of myriad bells without the use of bells! For The Bells, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name, Bruno Ferrandis will wring the ringing from horns, woodwinds, harp and strings as the chorus sings of joyous childhood, anticipated wedding, turmoil and fright, and finally a death knell.

Concert Times and Location for “Poetic Bells”
Saturday, December 3 and Monday, December 5 at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Pre-concert talks one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Sonoma State University Chorus, directed by Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director Jenny Bent, and three vocalists will join the Symphony for the second half of “Poetic Bells,” a program which includes Prayer Bells by Augusta Read, Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar and The Bells and Vocalise by Rachmaninoff. Jenni Samuelson, described by the Oakland Tribune as “a gifted and imaginative soprano,” will add her award-winning voice to The Bells and Vocalise, also joined by baritone Philip Skinner and tenor Christopher Bengochea

Maestro Bruno Ferrandis chose the bell theme, deliberately weaving together poetry and song. The Bells is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name. While Poe’s poem describes the four stages of life, Rachmaninoff’s piece reflects the circle of life. Vocalise, a hauntingly beautiful song written for soprano and orchestra, is sung with no words; only a single vowel.

Leading up to the Rachmaninoff pieces are Prayer Bells by Augusta Read Thomas and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations for Orchestra. Both composers express an appreciation for Poe’s poetry. Enigma is the name of another poem by Poe and Thomas has written other works based on his poetry.
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
SSU Symphony Chorus
Jenny Bent, SRS Choral Director
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Philip Skinner, baritone
 
AUGUSTA READ Thomas:  Prayer Bells for Orchestra
EDWARD Elgar:  Enigma Variations for Orchestra, Opus 36
SERGEI Rachmaninoff:  The Bells (choral symphony), for Soprano, Tenor and Baritone, Orchestra and Chorus, Opus 35
SERGEI Rachmaninoff:  Vocalise in E minor for Soprano and Orchestra, Opus 34, No 14

Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
The Symphony is proud to announce the return of music historian Kayleen Asbo, for a pre-concert talk one hour before each “Poetic Bells” concert (except the Discovery Open Rehearsal). Asbo’s engaging and informative talks have been very well-received. The pre-concert talks are open-seating and free to ticket holders. Program notes for “Poetic Bells” are available on the Symphony website.

Tickets: $20 - $85
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal:  $17 adults / $10 youth (under 18)
Online: srsymphony.org
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:;SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor

Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:    Beginning 1½ hours before each performance

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.

Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
SSU Symphonic Chorus underwritten by Mr. Wil Craig
SRS Choral Director, Jenny Bent underwritten by Dr. Larry Schoenrock Endowment Fund
Vocalists Jenni Samuelson, Christopher Bengochea and Philip Skinner are underwritten by Jim Lamb
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard

Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and guest artists provided upon request-

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About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 27, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra announces Stults Family Instrument Scholarship

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 27, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Thanks to a generous donation from Ken Stults, one member of Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), Santa Rosa Symphony’s most advanced youth ensemble, will receive a new instrument to help further his or her musical career. The initial donation of $15,000 establishes the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship. 
            The recipient will be chosen by Richard Loheyde, SRSYO conductor, Wendy Cilman, SRS Director of Education (and professional cellist) and Jane Shelly, SRSYO Manager (and professional flutist). The donor will also weigh in during the final selection process. The SRSYO musician will be chosen based on talent and need. To be eligible, the student must also be enrolled in lessons and agree to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season. 
            SRS Executive Director, Alan Silow, says, “This is the largest donation we’ve ever received for a young musician scholarship, and it is the first of its kind for our Training Young Musicians program. The Symphony is very grateful for this opportunity to help support one of our young musicians in such a tangible and meaningful way.” 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact: 
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 21, 2016: Acclaimed pianist Orion Weiss performs Piano Concerto No. 2 by Béla Bartók November 5, 6 & 7

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 21, 2016

Praised by the Arizona Republic as “an effortlessly brilliant performer”, distinguished young pianist Orion Weiss joins the Santa Rosa Symphony on November 5, 6 and 7 to perform the virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 by Béla Bartók.

Written in 1930, The Piano Concerto is an excellent example of Bartók’s mastery of balanced musical structures, requiring superlative technical skill to play. One of the most sought-after young American soloists, Weiss has received accolades such as “The gods of music must be smiling upon Orion Weiss. Here was playing of inspired virtuosity, but with bountiful thought behind the technical strength” (The Plain Dealer—Cleveland, Ohio). A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax, Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore young Artist Award and Avery Fisher Career Grant; he was also named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September, 2010.

The program also includes Liszt’s most popular symphonic poem Les Préludes and Schumann’s Romantic masterpiece, Symphony No. 2. “It is definitely a concert gathering three brilliant pianist-composers who dedicated their life to that instrument,” said Maestro Ferrandis.  “Bartók as a music anthropologist, Schumann as an immense romantic and an expresser of the most extreme feelings, and finally Liszt, probably considered the greatest virtuoso of all time on the piano—like the hero of the instrument. So in a way this concert is ‘the triumph of the pianists’”.
 
Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
“Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. 

Concert Times and Location
Saturday, November 5 and Monday, November 7at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 6 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Tickets            $20 - $85
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal:  $17 adults / $10 youth (under 18)
Online:                        srsymphony.org
Phone:             4-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:        SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:     beginning 1½ hours before each performance


Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Orion Weiss is underwritten by Amy and Stan Leopard
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Orion Weiss provided upon request-
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Communications
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 15, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Youth Ensembles Manager

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 15, 2016

(SANTA ROSA, CA) — The Santa Rosa Symphony recently announced the appointment of Matthew Payne as Youth Ensembles Manager.  Payne served most recently as an equipment technician for California State University East Bay.

Payne brings with him a strong background in music. As a composer, his works have been performed by flutist Meerenai Shim, A/B Duo, and The International Low Brass Trio. He plays multiple instruments, and as a youth performed in the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley. He now lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two young children.

Of his new position, Payne says, ““I have been very lucky to dedicate most of my working life to the goal of helping people make music, and I’m so very excited to bring my skill set to the fantastic Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles, which are doing such amazing work getting young students started in the world of classical music.

August 31, 2016: “Land of Make Believe” Family Concert October 16 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 31, 2016

“Land of Make Believe” Family Concert October 16 at Weill Hall
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —“Land of Make Believe” is the first of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony to begin the popular Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series. The music begins at 3PM on Sunday, October 16 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo and a photo booth, begins at 2PM. Children are encouraged to come dressed as a character from their favorite story.
           
Alicia Morley narrates this vivid musical excursion into imagination conducted by Richard Loheyde. The Roustabout Theater Company takes families on a journey where they can hear how composers tell much beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter.
           
The second concert of the 2016-17 Family Series, “The Listener” with Magic Circle Mime Company, is on Sunday, January 22, 2017; the third concert, “Presto Mambo!” is on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
           
Subscriptions for all three performances are available at $45/adult, $30/child (discounted family packages are still available). Tickets for individual concerts are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online.

Concert Sponsor
In 2015, opera singer Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of over $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 

Concert Times and Location
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no fee for parking for Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series concerts.

Subscription Packages and Single Tickets
Prior to the October 16 performance, 3-concert Family Series subscriptions may be purchased at $45/adult, $30/child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126 (4 subscriptions, must include two child subscriptions). Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket.  Seats are reserved.  Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 PM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online: srsymphony.org
 
—The Santa Rosa Symphony acknowledges the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the inspiration of the Land of Make Believe program.—


CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  The Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Concert 1:  “Land of Make Believe”
 
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
 
Time: 3 p.m; pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m. with a photo booth and an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department.
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
             (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
             Richard Loheyde, conductor
             Alicia Morley, narrator
             Roustabout Theater Company
 
Program:
Maurice Ravel                        “Empress of the Pagodas” from La mère l’oye [Mother Goose]                                      
Maurice Ravel                        “Fairy Garden” from La mère l’oye [Mother Goose]                        
Igor Stravinsky                         Finale from The Firebird                                                                    
Engelbert Humperdinck          Prelude to Hansel and Gretel                                                                    
Henry Purcell                           Symphony from Act IV of The Fairy Queen                                               
Sergei Prokofiev                     “Cinderella Goes to the Ball” from Cinderella                                         
Sergei Prokofiev                     “Dance of the Knights” from Romeo and Juliet                                        
Gioacchino Rossini                  Overture to La cenerentola [Cinderella]                                                  
Vincent D’Indy                         The Enchanted Forest                                                                                                        
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky          Opening Scene/Introduction from Sleeping Beauty                                 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky         “Pas d’action” from Sleeping Beauty                                                        
Kristen Anderson-Lopez,          Frozen  
Robert Lopez/Bob Krogstad, arr.           
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky           “Trepak” from Nutcracker                                                                        
Modest Mussorgsky,                 A Night on Bald Mountain for Orchestra                                                  
Rimsky-Korsakov, arr.
John Williams                             Harry’s Wondrous World
 
Cost:  3-concert subscriptions $45/adults, $30 child (age 12 and under)
Family Packages start at $126 (must include two child subscriptions)
Single tickets: $17 adult, $12/child
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday.  
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERTS:
 
The Listener
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company
 
Presto Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Platypus Theatre

About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

 

August 25, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th Season begins October 8 – 10 featuring Jean Ferrandis performing Bernstein’s Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra and Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 25, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th Season begins October 8 – 10 featuring Jean Ferrandis performing Bernstein’s Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra and Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Britten’s Four Seas Interludes from Peter Grimes also on the program at Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony celebrate the opening of Bruno’s final full season, during which he will conduct all seven of the Classical Series concerts, at the Green Music Center on October 8, 9 and 10.

Featured on the program, titled “The Magic of the Flute”, is Jean Ferrandis, winner of the first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire. Ferrandis performs Bernstein’s haunting Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra with his trademark spellbinding style; the National Flute Association Digest said “…my mind simply was unable to wander while listening to him play”. Bernstein was inspired for this piece by a nineteen-year-old Israeli flutist, Yadin Tanenbaum, who was killed in his tank in the Sinai is 1973. In Bernstein’s own words, Halil explores the struggle of “wars…the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love, and the hope for peace”. A piccolo and alto flute hidden in the orchestra echo the strains of the solo instrument to dramatic effect.
Jean Ferrandis will also play Mozart’s expressive Flute Concerto No. 1, a piece full of exuberant melodic invention that beautifully exploits the agility of the flute.
           
The program includes Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, the cornerstone work of modern British opera. Established as an orchestral suite, these interludes evoke the seaside setting that determines the daily rhythms of the character’s lives.

Beethoven’s jovial Symphony No. 8 rounds out the performance with masterful musical timing that leaves the listener breathless.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
“Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, will begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). These pre-concert talks with Maestro Ferrandis are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, and Ellen and Chuck Wear. This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s October concerts are sponsored by Alan Mason and Timothy Rodrigues, River Myst Haven. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person and Jean Ferrandis is underwritten by Susan and Sigmund Anderman. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2016-2017 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, October 8 and Monday, October 10 at 8 pm, and Sunday, October 9 at 3 pm. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 pm on Saturday, October 8. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$80. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at srsymphony.org or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, First Floor (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17
During the 2016-17 season, patrons can receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Jean Ferrandis provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “The Magic of the Flute
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jean Ferrandis, flute
 
BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Bernstein: Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Strings
MOZART: Flute Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., October 8 at 2 pm)
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3 pm
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online at srsymphony.org, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor, 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

 

August 23, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony continues series of free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 23, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony continues series of free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —After the success of last year’s collaboration between the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Sonoma County Library, members of the Symphony will once again bring their unique, free concert series to library branches around the county. A complete list of dates, times and locations is included later in this release.

Alan Silow, Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony said, “The Symphony is delighted to renew our partnership with the Sonoma County Library to bring performances of our talented musicians beyond the concert stage to library settings. We’re happy to provide library patrons with free, up-close, and enriching musical experiences”.

In the Percussion Ensemble program, the musicians take the audience on a musical tour by demonstrating how percussion instruments are played all over the world. Questions pertaining to percussion and about being professional percussionists are welcome. During this entertaining tour through the percussion section, some lucky members of the audience will join in to drum—and maybe even conduct!

The Guitar and Flute program, entitled “Folk Roots of Classical Music”, explores the folk influences from England, Eastern Europe, Spain and the Americas on classical music. The performers will demonstrate their individual instruments and show how they were used in the folk world as well as the classical world. Featuring works by Dowland, Telemann, JS Bach, Bartok, Beaser, de Falla and Machado, among others. This program will be lively and interactive and suitable for families.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
 
Performance Schedule:
Saturday, September 17, 2016: Guitar & Flute

Central Santa Rosa Library (211 E Street, Santa Rosa)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Concert for Families
Northwest Santa Rosa Library (150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Concert for Families

Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura
 
Saturday, October 15, 2016: Percussion Ensemble
Petaluma Regional Library (100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Concert for Families
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Concert for Adults

Musicians: Allen Biggs, Susan Jette, Tommy Kesecker

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Guitar & Flute
Healdsburg Regional Library (139 Piper Street, Healdsburg)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concert for Families
Windsor Library (9291 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Concert for Families
Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura

Saturday, December 10, 2016: Guitar & Flute
Rincon Valley Library (6959 Montecito Boulevard, Santa Rosa)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Concert for Families
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Concert for Adults
Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

August 17, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces “One-for-One” Free Child Ticket Program for Classical Series Concerts during the 2016-17 Season

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 17, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony Announces “One-for-One” Free Child Ticket Program for Classical Series Concerts during the 2016-17 Season
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) — After the success of last year’s “One-for-One” free child ticket program, the Santa Rosa Symphony is once again offering this special opportunity for the 2016-17 Classical Series concert season. Over 100 children were able to experience the beauty and wonder of classical music with this offer last year; this year, families can take advantage of this opportunity to introduce their children to the world of Beethoven, Schumann, Elgar and more. For each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert, patrons can receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth age 7-17.  Concerts begin October 8, 2016 and go through May 2017.

This offer is available by phone or in person at the SRS Patron Services office: (707) 546-8742, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor off elevator lobby) Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. This offer is not available online.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

 

July 19, 2016: 2015-2016: An Outstanding Year for the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 19, 2016

2015-2016: An Outstanding Year for the Santa Rosa Symphony 
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony 2015-2016 season concluded its fourth year as resident orchestra of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, setting a number of milestones in this, its 88th year.
 
Organizational highlights during the 2015 – 2016 season:
- Most successful gala fundraiser in 13 years, honoring Henry Trione
- Endowment fund value exceeded $11 million for the first time
- Extraordinary success of first time breakfast fundraiser for music education
- Record receipt of Foundation grants and record receipt of Government grants capped by NEA and Creative Sonoma grants
- Received a 2016 Merit Award for Cultural Enrichment from the City of Santa Rosa for the Simply Strings program
- Youth ensembles growth exceeded enrollment and revenue goals
- Digitalized to preserve over 35 years of Music Director Emeritus Corrick Brown’s 280 concert recordings
- Record ticket sales for three-concert Family Concert Series
- Thirteenth consecutive year ending the fiscal year with a surplus
 
“Going into our 89th season, we look to sustain our vision to be one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, locally acclaimed and nationally recognized for community engagement, artistic vibrancy and fiscal sustainability” said Alan Silow, SRS Executive Director.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.com    

July 5, 2016: Free concert for the community featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and the Santa Rosa Symphony July 31 at Weill Hall and Lawn

Santa Rosa SYmphony, July 5, 2016

For Immediate Release:  July 5, 2016

Free concert for the community featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and the Santa Rosa Symphony July 31 at Weill Hall and Lawn

Admission is free but a ticket is required to enter the venue
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)—As a thank-you to the community, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University present a free concert with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles on Sunday, July 31, 2016. The gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking and Weill Hall lobby opens at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance.
Enriching the medium as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles bring sensibility, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.

Reyna de Los Angeles will perform with the Santa Rosa Symphony musicians under the baton of Michael Berkowitz, the Symphony’s engaging principal pops conductor.

Free tickets must be reserved
Although admission for the concert is free, all patrons must have a ticket to enter the venue. Reserve tickets in advance through the Symphony Patron Services Office at (707) 546-8742, the Green Music Center Box Office at (866) 955-6040 or through a voice mailbox with service in Spanish: (707) 546-7007. Seating choices are: inside Weill Hall; outside at terrace tables or open seating on the lawn.
Concert-goers may enjoy the beautiful setting of Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center with a picnic, but no outside beverages are permitted; food may be brought in. Food and beverages may be purchased on site. Water bottle filling stations will also be available. Only low lawn chairs or blankets are permitted on the lawn.
 For the safety of all guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses are subject to search upon entry and re-entry. Patrons who choose not to subject their personal belongs to a security search will not be permitted to enter the grounds.

About Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Enriching the medium as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles® bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® has blazed the trail for female mariachi musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, from male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.
Established in 1994, the group had a strong beginning thanks to the mentorship of Lola Bertran, La Reina de La Musica Ranchera. In these early days, Maestro Jóse Hernàndez saw the potential in this all-female ensemble, and fostered the development of the group. Reyna de Los Angeles® has since gone on to record three albums, share the stage with world-renowned musicians like Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda and Lucha Villa, and perform for some of the world’s highest profile celebrities including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.
 
Sponsors
The Free Concert for the Community is underwritten by the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation, the County of Sonoma, Redwood Credit Union and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2016.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:
A Free Concert for the Community
 
Who:
Santa Rosa Symphony, Michael Berkowitz, conductor
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Date and Time:
Sunday, July 31 2016 at 7 pm
Gates Open:  5 pm for picnics
Weill Hall Lobby Opens: 6 pm
 
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: No outside beverages may be brought in; food is permitted. Water bottle filling stations will be available. Beverages and food may be purchased on site. Only low lawn chairs or blankets on the lawn. For the safety of guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center—including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses—are subject to search upon entry or re-entry. Patrons who choose not to subject their personal belongings to a security search will not be permitted to enter the grounds.
 
Cost: FREE, but tickets must be reserved. Tickets available for terrace tables, inside seats or lawn.
 
Tickets: By phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or for service in Spanish: (707) 546-7007;
Online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, M,T, Th, F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed. 10:30a.m. – 5:00p.m. 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (Bank of Marin Building, first floor off elevator lobby), Santa Rosa, CA 95404
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.com

March 2, 2016: SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2016–2017 SEASON

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 2, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony announces 2016–2017 season
Season subscriptions go on sale Monday, March 7, 2016
Fifth Year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center
Maestro Ferrandis conducts his final full season
 
Season Highlightts
Maestro Bruno Ferrandis will conduct all SEVEN Classical Series concert sets this season

Beloved masterpieces include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Elgar, Debussy, Ravel…and more!

A total of nine symphonic works this season will be performed for the first time by the Santa Rosa Symphony

Distinguished flutist returns to open the season and play Bernstein and Mozart

Renowned violinist returns to end the season and performs Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2

“Bring on the Strings” program in March highlights the talent of the Symphony’s own principal string players: Concertmaster and Principal Violist perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante; Principal Cellist performs Fauré’s Elegie for Cello

Annual choral concert in December features two vocal works by Rachmaninoff: The Bells (choral symphony) and Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra—featuring , soprano and the SSU Symphonic Chorus, conducted by , new SRS choral director

Additional guest soloists include pianists and , and , principal harpist for the Berlin Philharmonic

Guest lecturer , PhD. returns to give pre-concert talks for the concert sets in November and December

Michael Berkowitz conducts the 12th season of the Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Series—featuring four Sunday afternoon concerts, including Music from a Charlie Brown Christmas concert, Maestro’s Favorites, the Great American Songbook and Country Legends

89th Season – October 2016 through May 2017
BRAVO, BRUNO!
 
2016-2017 marks the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th performance season and fifth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center. The Santa Rosa Symphony is the third oldest professional orchestra in California and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Music Director Bruno Ferrandis is in the eleventh year of his tenure—he will conduct ALL SEVEN Classical Series concerts during his final full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony.
 
“For the 2016-2017 season, I have focused on programs that bring familiar masterpieces together with my own favorites from the classical repertoire, many of which have not yet been performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony,” said Bruno Ferrandis. “My goal is to bring together music from a variety of musical forms in each program—the works presented this season include opera overtures, ballet suites, beloved concertos, symphonic masterworks, and brilliant vocal works.”
 
Classical Series
From Beethoven to Brahms to Bernstein, there is something for everyone in this season’s programs crafted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis to celebrate his last full season—in which he will conduct all seven Classical Series concerts. In this season, Maestro Ferrandis has chosen to include a total of 9 pieces from the classical repertoire that have never before been performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony. In addition, he has planned each program to create a balance between familiar and less familiar works, including a variety of genres in each set.  Choral works are balanced by familiar orchestral pieces; ballet suites and operatic overtures are contrasted with symphonic works.
 
“This year’s outstanding programs are a testament to the enduring power of classical music to move and inspire us,” commented Executive Director Alan Silow. “During this season we have an opportunity to celebrate our time with Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, as he conducts his last full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony.”
 
The full Classical Series consists of seven triple sets: seven Saturdays at 8 pm, seven Sundays at 3 pm and seven Mondays at 8 pm. Those who subscribe have the same seat for all seven performances, save up to 12% over single ticket prices—and have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for special events and concerts.  The cost for Classical Series subscriptions ranges from $126 to $546 (some seating sections have a required per seat donation.) Subscriptions are available starting Monday, March 7, 2016; single tickets go on sale Monday, August 8, 2016.
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
The Discovery Rehearsal Series subscription to seven Saturday afternoon dress rehearsals is a wonderful way to experience the orchestra and conductor working together. In these concerts, you hear the same pieces that are performed in the regular Classical Series program. The occasional starts and stops as Maestro Ferrandis interacts with the musicians provide a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between conductor and orchestra. This series is perfect for those new to classical music and is also an excellent value.  Discovery Rehearsal subscriptions cost $105 for adults, $70 for youth, with general seating in Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Throughout 2016-2017, we are renaming our beloved Family Concert Series in honor of the late
Peggy Anne Covington, opera singer and philanthropist. Peggy Anne Covington’s decision to leave her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony came out of her life and career as an opera singer, and her desire to leave an impactful legacy. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity.
 
Dr. Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra for the Family Series concerts, which take place at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. In each of these three Sunday afternoon concerts, the Santa Rosa Symphony and zany, colorful guest artists present lively performances to delight one and all.  
 
All three family concerts begin at 3 pm. Children of all ages are invited to come one hour early for pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo.  Family Series subscriptions cost $45 for adults, $30 for children (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126, and must include at least two children. Concert details follow later in this release.
 
2016–2017 Classical Concert Series  – Details
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s fifth season as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center and its 89th performance year begins with “The Magic of the Flute” on October 8, 9 and 10, 2016.  In this first program of the season, Maestro Ferrandis is joined onstage by his brother Jean Ferrandis who will perform Bernstein’s Halil nocturne for flute and orchestra, followed by Mozart’s lilting Flute Concerto No. 1. The program opens with the poignant Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes and concludes with Beethoven’s thrilling Symphony No. 8.

Jean Ferrandis is underwritten by Susan and Sig Anderman
 
On November 5, 6 and 7, “Keyboard Brilliance” presents works by three of the greatest pianist-composers of all time: Liszt, Bartók and Schumann. The program opens with Liszt’s lyrical symphonic tone-poem, Les Préludes. Vibrant young pianist Orion Weiss performs Bartók’s compelling and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, a Romantic masterpiece.

Performances are sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Orion Weiss is underwritten by Amy and Stan Leopard
 
The annual SRS holiday choral concert on December 5, 6 and 7, “Poetic Bells” showcases the inspiring power of the human voice in two elegant and moving works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Newly appointed SRS choir director Jenny Bent leads the SSU Symphonic Chorus, soprano Jenni Samuelson, tenor Christopher Bengochea, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner in Rachmaninoff’s choral symphony The Bells. Jenni Samuelson concludes the program with a performance of the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra. The meditative tone-poem Prayer Bells by August Read Thomas and Elgar’s familiar Enigma Variations provide an orchestral contrast to these expressive vocal works.

Performances are sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
The vocalists are underwritten by Jim Lamb
 
In “Heavenly Harp” on January 7, 8 and 9, 2017, world-renowned harp virtuoso Marie-Pierre Langlamet performs Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto contrasted with the Romantic favorite Dances Sacred and Profane by Debussy. Maestro Ferrandis opens the program with the overture to Rossini’s La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) and concludes with the orchestral suites from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloé.

Marie-Pierre Langlamet is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni
 
On February 11, 12 and 13, the exceptional pianist Alessio Bax takes the stage in Weill Hall to perform the Second Piano Concerto of Brahms in “Tales of Love.” This program for Valentine’s weekend is filled with musical portraits from one of history’s most famous love stories: Maestro Ferrandis contrasts Berlioz’s Romantic introduction to his opera Roméo et Juliette with selections from Prokofiev’s 20th century ballet Romeo and Juliet. 

Performances are sponsored by Susan and Alan Seidenfeld
Alessio Bax is underwritten by Faye Smith
 
On March 25, 26 and 27, “Bring on the Strings” celebrates the talent of our own Santa Rosa Symphony musicians. Concertmaster Joseph Edelberg and Principal Violist Elizabeth Prior step out from the orchestra to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola. Principal Cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns is the soloist for Fauré’s evocative Élegie for Cello. Maestro Ferrrandis concludes the program with two contrasting works by Jean Sibelius—his mysterious Symphony No. 4 followed by the inspiring tones of Finlandia.
       
On May 6, 7 and 8 “Vadim Returns!” We again experience the glorious sound of violinist Vadim Gluzman as he performs Prokofiev’s soaring Violin Concerto No. 2 on the extraordinary 1690 “ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivarius. The three composers chosen by Maestro Ferrandis for this program all struggled to maintain their creative freedom during the Stalinist era. The program opens with Aram Khachaturian’s folk-inspired Ballet Suite from Masquerade and concludes with the dramatic Symphony No. 11 of Shostakovich.

Performances sponsored by Viking River Cruises
Vadim Gluzman is underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Khachaturian’s Ballet Suite is underwritten by Ann and Gordon Blumenfeld
 
—Photos of all guest artists are available upon request—
 
List of Works  2016–2017 Classical Season
Works Receiving their First SRS Performance are marked by (*)
 
Bartók:                 Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra                                                                                
Beethoven:          Symphony No. 8 in F major
Berlioz:                Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
Bernstein:            Halil (nocturne) for Flute and Strings                                                                                     
Brahms:               Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra                                                                    
Britten:                Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Opus 33a                                                                 
Debussy:              Dances Sacred and Profane for Harp and Orchestra*                                                           
Elgar:                   Enigma Variations for Orchestra                                                                                            
Fauré                   Elégie for Cello and Orchestra*                                                                                             
Ginastera             Concerto for Harp and Orchestra                                                                                           
Hovhaness           Meditation on Orpheus for Orchestra*
Khachaturian:      Ballet Suite from Masquerade*                                                                                              
Liszt:                     Les Préludes                                                                                                                                         
Mozart:                Concerto No. 1 in G major for Flute and Orchestra                                                                            
Mozart:                Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin and Viola                                                      
Prokofiev:            Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra                                                                           
Prokofiev:            Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninoff:     The Bells*                                                                                                                                
Rachmaninoff:     Vocalise in E minor for Soprano and Orchestra*                                                                   
Ravel:                   Daphnis and Chloé Suites No. 1 and No. 2                                                                              
Rossini:                Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)                                                                
Schumann:           Symphony No. 2 in C major                                                                                                     
Shostakovich:       Symphony No. 11 in G minor, The Year 1905*                                                                       
Sibelius:               Symphony No. 4 in A minor*                                                                                                   
Sibelius:               Finlandia
Thomas:               Prayer Bells for Orchestra*
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series – Details
Three Sundays: October 16, 2016, January 22 and April 30, 2017 at 3 pm
 
October 16, 2016
Land of Make Believe – with Roustabout Theater, narrated by Alicia Morley
Journey with us into the Land of Make Believe! On this vivid musical excursion into imagination, you will hear how composers tell much-beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter. Come dressed as a character from your favorite story!
 
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Listener – with Magic Circle Mime Company
In this comic tale a conductor faces the unexpected participation of two rambunctious audience members and together they explore the active relationship between the audience and the musician. Playful humor, drama and dance introduce works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Williams, and more. The audience leaves appreciating their own abilities as well as that of the orchestra.
 
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Presto, Mambo! – with Platypus Theatre
In this interactive and toe-tapping concert we meet Max, an energetic young boy who embarks on a whirlwind adventure to the vibrant lands of Latin America. With the help of the orchestra, the audience, and his new friend Mambo the dog, Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music.
 
Pre-concert activities for the Family Concert Series—including an Instrument Petting Zoo—begin one hour before each performance at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Subscription for all three concerts: $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Reserved seating; all patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age. Family Series discount packages start at $126. Call Patron Services for further pricing details. Subscriptions are available starting Monday, March 7, 2016; single tickets for Family Series concerts go on sale August 8, 2016.
 
Symphony Pops Series
Sundays: October 23, December 11, 2016 and February 19, April 23, 2017 at 3 PM
Conducted by Michael Berkowitz
LOCATION: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Michael Berkowitz returns for the 12th season of the Symphony Pops Series as SRS Principal Pops Conductor. The Symphony Pops Series is Santa Rosa Symphony’s collaboration with the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, consisting of four concerts, all taking place on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm.
 
October 23, 2016
Maestro's Favorites
Join Michael and the Santa Rosa Pops for a concert featuring favorites from Michael's vast library of musical gems. The Best of Broadway, Hollywood, TV and a Jazzy version of West Side Story, à la Buddy Rich, with the Maestro on drums, are all a part of this great concert of the very finest in the Pops repertoire.
 
December 11, 2016
The Music from a Charlie Brown Christmas, with the Jim Martinez Quartet
This holiday concert features songs from the Peanuts animated special (first broadcast 51 years ago in Dec. 1965), as well as other traditional Christmas favorites. Pianist and Steinway Artist Jim Martinez—along with his Quartet—pays tribute to famous Snoopy songs, written or arranged by Vince Guaraldi.

February 19, 2017
Great American Songbook
From a command performance at the White House, to the Great White Way of Broadway, Ann Hampton Callaway has captivated audiences everywhere. The Tony-nominated star of the Broadway hit Swing celebrates the music of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and the Great American Songbook.   
 
April 23, 2017
Country Legends
This energetic tribute stars two recording artists from Nashville singing an evening of country favorites, both old and new.  The program includes songs by famed singers and songwriters like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and others.  Patrons are invited to wear country or Western apparel.
 
Although the Santa Rosa Symphony’s other concerts are at the Green Music Center, Symphony Pops concerts continue at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in 2016-2017.
 
NOTE: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600 www.lutherburbankcenter.org.

Hospitality Partner 

Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors. Doubletree by Hilton, where “the little things mean everything,” including the warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre-and post-concert dining. 

Ways to Enhance the Concert Experience

Concert Conversations
In Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular pre-concert talks, conductor Bruno Ferrandis and guests discuss the musical program and answer questions from the audience. Concert Conversations begin one hour prior to the Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Esteemed guest lecturer Kayleen Asbo, PhD. will lead the discussions for the concert sets in November and December.
 
Program Notes Online
Program notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at srsymphony.org.
 
Ways to Connect
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Email:  tickets@srsymphony.org
 
Directions and Transportation
The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is located on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, at the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road.
From Highway 101, take the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. Drive east 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
Parking
As you enter from Rohnert Park Expressway, there are parking lots immediately to your right. Parking in lots L, M, N and O is included in the price of your ticket for Santa Rosa Symphony Classical, Discovery Rehearsal and Family Series concerts. (Parking fees may be charged during additional or special events.)
 
Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony operates private bus service to many of our concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  
 
Subscription Series Tickets for the 2016–2017 season
Classical Concert Series
The 7-Concert Package is the ONLY way to guarantee a seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for seven uplifting and inspirational nights out.
Packages: $126-$546 (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
 
Mini Series
Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Packages: $76-$276
 
Come As You Can Series
This is the most flexible subscription package—Eight ticket vouchers which can be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $400
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
On seven Saturdays at 2 pm, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience or as an economical daytime opportunity to experience Symphony performances. It also offers a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor as they rehearse, and could be used as a sneak preview for any regular subscriber!

Packages: $105 for adults; $70 for youth under age 18 and under
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Sundays at 3 pm   Oct. 16, 2016; January 22, 2017; April 30, 2017
Packages: $45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126 (must include 2 child subscriptions)
 
Subscriptions Available Starting Monday, March 7, 2016
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office. Subscribe in person or call 54-MUSIC beginning Monday, March 7, 2016.  Subscriptions are not available online at this time. Single tickets will go on sale to the public beginning August 8, 2016.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5:30 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mailing address: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
srsymphony.org       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-7284
 
Integrated Community Music Education    
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth and adult students annually. The Symphony has an unwavering commitment to train musicians of the future and to foster an enduring love of music through school and community engagement.
 
Training Young Musicians 
Opportunities for beginning to advanced students include five youth ensembles and a three-week summer day camp. The beacon of the Santa Rosa Symphony's Training Young Musicians program, the award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs regularly in public concerts throughout the year, and has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall. The orchestra has also performed internationally in Central Europe and China.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles 2016-2017 concerts in Weill Hall, Green Music Center:
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 3 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
 
Tickets for the youth ensemble concerts can be purchased online or through the SRS Patron Services office (707) 546-8742.
 
Music for our Schools
For over 50 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has provided resources to support local music education, including opportunities and support for classroom teachers. Local schools may benefit from the following:

Free Concerts for Youth – Elementary school students attend any of six live orchestral performances in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Elementary School Listening Program – Daily music listening for classrooms

Youth Discovery Card – Free admission to Discovery Rehearsal performances

In-School Performances – SRS professional musicians perform in area schools, offering informative and entertaining chamber concerts

IGNITE! – an interactive free concert featuring students on recorder or voice

It’s Elementary Six Sonoma County schools annually receive our full range of customized music education activities

Social Action through music with Simply Strings 
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings is based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland. Beginning in second grade, Santa Rosa Symphony provides children with instruments and daily intensive ensemble instruction that develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement.

These promising young musicians will conclude their school year performing alongside the Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra at Weill Hall for an audience of their peers. This program is fully supported by the Symphony and is free to its students.
 
Guest Artists’ Biographies – 2016-2017 Season
 
Jean Ferrandis, flute
French soloist and conductor Jean Ferrandis enjoys an international career that takes him throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He has presented recitals, performed chamber music, and appeared as soloist with orchestra in such prestigious concert halls as the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Tapei Arts Center, Wigmore Hall in London, La Fenice in Venice, Hamarikyu Hall in Tokyo, the Vigado in Budapest, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Tibor Varga, Laurent Petitgirard, and Yoram David. He has been invited to numerous festivals, including the Lanaudière in Canada, Switzerland’s Sion Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Midem Festival in Cannes, and the Berlioz Festival in Lyon. Chamber music collaborators have included Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Jean Philippe Collard, and Emile Naoumoff.

In addition to his performing career, Ferrandis serves as professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and at California State University, Fullerton. He regularly presents master classes in Japan, the Unites States, Europe, Australia, Taiwan, and Korea, and has also appeared in South Africa. As a conductor he leads the Saint Petersburg Camerata in Russia and the Saint Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius (Lithuania), with which he has recorded flute concertos of C. P. E. Bach.

Jean Ferrandis unanimously received his first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire, where he studied with Maxence Larrieu. A prize winner at such as international competitions as Munich, Maria Canals in Barcelona, and Young Concert Artists in New York, he was awarded the grand prize at the 1986 Prague Spring Festival International Flute Competition.

Orion Weiss, piano
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist James Ehnes, and cellist Zuill Bailey, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall.  He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April.

Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at The Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. 
 
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Acclaimed by the press as “a gifted and imaginative soprano,” Jenni Samuelson is an award-winning soprano with repertoire that includes opera, oratorio and art song as well as musical theater, jazz and contemporary popular forms.

Samuelson has performed in over 25 lead roles with opera companies throughout the country including the San Francisco Opera Center, Western Opera Theater, Eugene Opera, Opera San Jose, Cinnabar Theater, Chicago Light Opera Works, Townsend Opera Players and The Skylight in Milwaukee. She has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Chorale, Sonoma Bach, Merced Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and Brookline Chorus in Boston.

Samuelson is an active recitalist and consummate chamber musician having performed many works including the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes; Bach’s Coffee Cantata; Berio’s Folk Songs and the world premiere of Return  Receipts by Amanda McTigue and Jeff Langley.

In 2001 she was granted the Virginia Bess Adams Fellowship to study and perform at the world-renowned Carmel Bach Festival.  Samuelson is a three-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a US Finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Voice Competition.  She has also received prizes in the Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition and the Palm Beach Opera International Voice Competition.

Samuelson received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. She currently teaches for the Global Arts Studies Program at the University of California, Merced.
 
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Praised as having "power, sure intonation, and fine diction that comes in a package tied with a ribbon of 'natural sound” tenor, Christopher Bengochea has been a resident artist of Opera San José for three seasons—where he has performed La Boheme, Rigoletto, Die Zauberfloete, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title roles of Werther and Romeo et Juliette. 

His operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of roles, including Ruggero in La Rondine, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Erik in Alva Henderson's Nosferatu, and Cavarodossi in Tosca. Companies with which he has performed include: Opera San Jose, Atlanta Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Canada, da Corneto Opera, Center City Opera, Opera Company Brooklyn, Jarvis Conservatory, Intermountain Opera, Townsend Opera, Rimrock Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Teatro Felice, Caramoor Opera, and the Tigulio Festival Opera.

This Basque American tenor holds both USA and EU (France) nationality and he began his musical career as a pianist then moved into the study of opera during his time at Montana State University and later the University of Montana. After becoming an award winner at the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winning third prize at the Internationale Societa Concertistica Vocal Competition in Santa Margherita-Ligure, Italy, he decided to pursue singing entirely. 
 
Philip Skinner, bass-baritone
Philip Skinner has proven himself a highly versatile artist both dramatically and vocally. He has had great success singing roles ranging from the standard bass repertoire such as King Philip in Don Carlo, to Jocanaan in Salome and Escamillo in Carmen in the helden and dramatic baritone repertoire.
His long association with San Francisco Opera began in 1985 and he has over 375 performances in 54 productions there including the Water Gnome in Rusalka, Mephistopheles in Faust, Escamillo, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Colline in La Boheme, and Lorenzo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi. His international credits include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne, Vancouver Opera, and Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Equally prolific in the concert hall, Skinner has performed the Verdi Messa di Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Masterworks Chorale and in Europe with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Skinner sang the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony, the Lord Nelson Mass at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and other concert pieces with the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Minnesota Orchestra and San Jose Symphony, among others.

A Schwabacher Debut Recitalist and former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, Skinner was also the recipient of a London/Sullivan grant. A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master's degree and the prestigious Performance Certificate from Indiana University.
 
Jenny Bent, Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director
Jenny Bent, DMA, is Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University and Project Manager of Chanticleer’s summer program, Chanticleer in Sonoma.  She will add to her choral responsibilities beginning with the 2016-2017 season as the new Choral Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

She is a graduate of Boston University (BM in Voice Performance, MM in Choral Conducting, MM in Voice Performance) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature). Her teachers include Ann Howard Jones, Jerold Siena, and Ruth Ann Swenson. She has also worked with such choir eminences as Robert Shaw, Joseph Jennings, Matthew Oltman, Peter Bagley, Dennis Keene, and Julian Wachner.

In California, Bent’s choirs have received much acclaim, earning unanimous superior ratings and command performances at choral festivals throughout the Bay Area and receiving invitations to perform at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She has ten years of experience as a high school music educator, most recently having served as the Director of Vocal Music at the Marin School of the Arts. From 2002-2007 she was the artistic director and conductor of the award-winning teen treble choir, Chantons. Bent also served on the voice faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

In addition to her academic work, Bent serves as an adjudicator for such organizations as the California Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association, Golden State, and clinics choirs throughout the Bay Area and beyond. 
 
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
At 17 years of age, Marie-Pierre Langlamet became the principal harpist of the Nice Opera Orchestra. A scholarship enabled her to continue her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Soon afterwards, in 1988, she was appointed assistant principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York (chief conductor James Levine), where she worked for five years. During this time she continued pursuing her career as a soloist and chamber musician, and in 1992 won first prize at the International Harp Competition in Israel, a competition that is widely regarded as the most important for the instrument. Langlamet is also a 1994 Juventus Laureate.

In 1993 she became principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle), the position she still holds today.

Langlamet has performed as soloist with numerous renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Lille national Orchestra, and the swiss radio orchestra of Lugano. Her solo engagements have brought her to perform in such halls as the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Avery Fisher Hall (New York), the Grosses Festspielhaus (Salzburg), the Philharmonie (Berlin), the KKL (Luzern) and many others.
 
Alessio Bax, piano
First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions—and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient—Alessio Bax has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Dallas and Houston symphonies, the NHK Symphony in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.

Bax’s extensive concerto repertoire has led to performances with such esteemed conductors as Marin Alsop, Sergiu Commisiona, Vernon Handley, Pietari Inkinen, Jonathan Nott, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden. He has given recitals in major music halls around the world, including Rome, Milan, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, DC. An active chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis and Jörg Widmann, among others.

Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown in Bari, Italy, where he studied with Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, and he is now on the teaching faculty there. He and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, reside in New York City. Alessio Bax is a Steinway artist.
 
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Santa Rosa Symphony’s concertmaster Joseph Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and American Bach Soloists. He has appeared as guest leader with many Bay Area groups, including the Berkeley Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the San Francisco Opera Merola Grand Finals Orchestra, and the California Symphony. Farther afield, he has appeared at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, as concertmaster at the Summer Festival Orchestras of Mendocino and San Louis Obispo, and as guest principal second violin of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra.

Adding to his repertoire are the years spent with the string quartet StringCircle and the new music group Earplay. Edelberg has made solo appearances with the symphonies of Oakland and Berkeley, as well as with the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has recorded with the baroque orchestras mentioned above, the Berkeley Symphony, Chanticleer and Earplay. Edelberg is a graduate of Amherst College in his native Massachusetts. He has studied with Phillip Naegele, Felix Galimir, and Adolf Bruk.
 
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
The recipient of the prestigious Artists International Award, Adelle-Akiko Kearns currently serves as the principal cellist of the Santa Rosa Symphony, a position she has held since 2011. She made her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in November of 2008. Since then she has appeared on the world's most important stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and many others.

As a chamber musician Kearns has performed at the world’s leading music festivals including the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto Festivals. She has collaborated with members of the legendary Juilliard String Quartet as well as renowned chamber musicians Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. 
Before joining the Santa Rosa Symphony, Kearns served as the Assistant Principal Cello of the Louisiana Philharmonic and as a member of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her position in Santa Rosa she also performs as principal cellist of the Merced Symphony; assistant principal cellist of Symphony Silicon Valley, the Music in the Mountains Festival, and the Monterey Symphony Orchestra; Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony; and as a member of the Marin Symphony.

Kearns holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Sadao Harada, and Irene Sharp. A native of San Francisco, Kearns currently resides in San Jose, where she maintains an active teaching studio. 
 
Elizabeth Prior, viola
An active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the principal violist with the Santa Rosa symphony and member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is also a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and is the associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony( tutti). She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.
A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her recent debut at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra.

She tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and has done 2 recent tours with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Other solo and chamber music engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony and “Chamber Music San Francisco” She is a member of the Farallon Quintet. She gave regular Viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles on the Piano.
 
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings back to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. His wide repertoire embraces contemporary music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.

The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony; and with leading conductors including Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tugan Sokhiev, Andrew Litton, Marek Janowski, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Itzhak Perlman, Paavo Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Pablo Casals, Colmar, Jerusalem, and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and long-standing recital partner.

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age 7. Before moving to Israel in 1990, where he was a student of Yair Kless, he studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia. In the US his teachers were Arkady Fomin and, at The Juilliard School, the late Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and support of Isaac Stern, and in 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.

Gluzman plays the extraordinary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari, on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

SRS Season at a Glance
 
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
 
The Magic of the Flute
October 8, 9 & 10, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jean Ferrandis, flute
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Bernstein: Halil (nocturne) for Flute and Strings
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
 
Keyboard Brilliance
November 5, 6 & 7, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Liszt: Les Préludes
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2
Schumann: Symphony No. 2
 
Poetic Bells
December 3, 4 & 5, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
SSU Symphonic Chorus, Jenny Bent, director
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Philip Skinner, baritone
Thomas: Prayer Bells
Elgar: Enigma Variations     
Rachmaninoff: The Bells (choral symphony)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra
 
Heavenly Harp
January 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
Rossini: Overture to The Thieving Magpie
Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Debussy: Dances Sacred and Profane
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé, Suites 1 & 2
 
Tales of Love
Saturday, February 11, 12 & 13, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano
Berlioz: Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet
 
Bring on the Strings
March 25, 26 & 27, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Elizabeth Prior, viola
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Hovhaness: Meditation on Orpheus
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
Fauré: Elégie for Cello
Sibelius: Symphony No. 4
Sibelius: Finlandia
 
Vadim Returns!
May 6, 7 & 8, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Khachaturian: Suite from Masquerade
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905
 
PEGGY ANNE COVINGTON
FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Land of Make Believe
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 3 pm
Alicia Morley, narrator
Roustabout Theater
 
The Listener
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 3 pm
Magic Circle Mime Company
 
Presto, Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 pm
Platypus Theatre
 
SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 4 pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 3 pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 3 pm
 
Classical Series Concert Times
Saturday and Monday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm
Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday at 2 pm
 
SINGLE TICKET PRICES:
Classical Series: $20–$80 - Discovery Rehearsal: $17 adult, $10 child - Family Series: $17 adult, $12 child - SRSYO concerts: $17 adult, $12 students and seniors
SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 8, 2016.
 
Tickets: SRS Patron Services Office
Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 to 5:30 pm
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor off elevator lobby)
 
54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742   
santarosasymphony.com
 
Programs, artists and prices are subject to change.
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Mission Statement
The Santa Rosa Symphony inspires and engages the residents of our region with the finest of musical performances and educational programs while maintaining its core values of organizational strength, innovative programming, fiscal responsibility and community service.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony's vision is to create one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, nationally recognized as a model of artistic excellence, fiscal vitality and community engagement.

Organizational Background
Founded in 1928, Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is the third oldest and 9th largest in the state of California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director/conductor in 2006. Prior conductors were Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, 1995-2006; Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, 1958-1995; George Trombley 1928-1958.
 
Beginning in 1998, the SRS partnered with Sonoma State University to raise funds for the construction of the world-class Green Music Center on the campus. Due to successful fundraising efforts, the Green Music Center’s Joan and Sanford I. Weill Concert Hall opened in September 2012. In the 2016-2017 season, Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates its 89th anniversary and fifth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

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